Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 449297
On startup, firefox deleted all of my stored cookies
Last modified: 2009-07-14 13:57:00 EDT
Description of problem:
I started up up Firefox on a Fedora 9 box. None of my stored cookies were
present. Worse, on returning to use Firefox on older Fedora boxen, it had
deleted them from there, too. It also removed by store/block cookie preferences
(set using the Cookie Button extension). My home directory is NFS mounted, so it
is visible to various versions of the browser, depending on which machine I
happen to be using at the time.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Accumulate many cookies over several years
2. Log in to a F9 box and start firefox. No cookies :-(
3. Return to an older Fedora box. Still no cookies :-( :-(
Can you find the cookies.* file in your .mozilla dir? Maybe you use a different
Yes, it looks like it's related to the switch from cookies.txt to
cookies.sqlite. So when FF3 started up, it migrated my cookies from
plain text to sqlite.
That's all well and good, but it deleted the old cookies.txt file,
rather than leaving it there :-( That means that when I go back to
my main machines (which are all running older versions of Firefox),
the cookie file no longer exists.
In an ideal world, FF3 would keep the master file as cookies.sqlite,
and keep a backwardly compatible cookies.txt there as well, which is
updated whenever the sqlite file is. But failing that, at the very
least, it should not delete the old file.
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