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lost all recent urls (NOT bookmarks)

Posted: Fri Jul 05, 2019 7:45 pm
by bad medicine
One recent day I booted up and all of the urls the address bar on Firefox had been saving for several years were gone. In their place were old addresses that I haven't typed, used, seen in the address bar, or visited in at least several years.

So literally EVERY site that I frequently visited was gone from my address bar's memory, without exception. I would estimate I lost every address I visited regularly in the last 2-3 years, at least. Every single one. I'm baffled by the fact that their date of usage seems to have been the cutoff for whatever cut them off, and baffled that old stuff I never use reappeared. It was like stepping into a wormhole and coming out in 2015. Except my bookmarks are completely intact, and nothing else was affected.

I'm asking mostly out of curiosity, as I doubt it can be recovered.

Plus, I am still on Mint 17.3 and Firefox for Mint 1.0, but I am now gathering the info I need to upgrade in the next week or so.

Re: lost all recent urls

Posted: Fri Jul 05, 2019 7:51 pm
by MrEen
Do you have more than one user on the system? Could you have accidentally logged in as another (not used in years) user?

EDIT: Just realized the part about bookmarks. Maybe Firefox Sync?

Re: lost all recent urls

Posted: Fri Jul 05, 2019 8:18 pm
by bad medicine
MrEen wrote:
Fri Jul 05, 2019 7:51 pm
Do you have more than one user on the system? Could you have accidentally logged in as another (not used in years) user?

EDIT: Just realized the part about bookmarks. Maybe Firefox Sync?
I'm the only user...I don't Sync, I have nothing to Sync to...

Re: lost all recent urls

Posted: Fri Jul 05, 2019 8:22 pm
by MrEen
I'm about out of ideas I'm afraid.

If you start typing the URL of something recently visited, does that autocomplete properly?

Re: lost all recent urls

Posted: Fri Jul 05, 2019 8:43 pm
by bad medicine
MrEen wrote:
Fri Jul 05, 2019 8:22 pm
I'm about out of ideas I'm afraid.

If you start typing the URL of something recently visited, does that autocomplete properly?
No. That's how I discovered it. It will only recall things from years ago, and urls I've visited since this partial amnesia happened a few days ago.

Re: lost all recent urls

Posted: Fri Jul 05, 2019 8:47 pm
by MrEen
I'm not asking you to try this, but have you rebooted since it began? Or closed and reopened the browser?

Re: lost all recent urls

Posted: Fri Jul 05, 2019 9:06 pm
by bad medicine
MrEen wrote:
Fri Jul 05, 2019 8:47 pm
I'm not asking you to try this, but have you rebooted since it began? Or closed and reopened the browser?
Yup. Several times. I also ran a badblocks check on all of my partitions

Re: lost all recent urls

Posted: Fri Jul 05, 2019 9:12 pm
by bad medicine
My browsing History was also gone, and I never delete it. I'm not sure if that's where the urls for the address bar are stored too, or if the History is completely separate.

Re: lost all recent urls

Posted: Fri Jul 05, 2019 11:36 pm
by kyphi
Since bookmarks, etc are stored in your home directory in .mozilla, you can easily restore these if the need arises from your backup.

The .mozilla folder contains a default file with your bookmarks information as well as a profile folder. Check to make sure that there is only one default file and that it is correctly referenced in the profile folder.

Re: lost all recent urls

Posted: Sat Jul 06, 2019 1:12 am
by bad medicine
I have my bookmarks backed up. I don't have my urlbar history backed up. And neither, apparently, does Firefox.

Re: lost all recent urls

Posted: Sat Jul 06, 2019 2:34 am
by Lanser
Firefox makes daily backup copies of your bookmarks. Check in your profile under "bookmarkbackups". Firefox should be able to restore any of these.
Regardless, I manually run a bookmark export and save a copy every month... just in case.

Lanser

Re: lost all recent urls

Posted: Sat Jul 06, 2019 9:01 am
by bad medicine
I didn't lose any bookmarks.