Firefox profiles will no longer be in “Phoenix” folder

In: Mozilla

5 Mar 2004

Ben Goodger (lead engineer of Mozilla Firefox) has announced that Firefox profiles will now be stored in a “Firefox” directory instead of the current “Phoenix” (Phoenix was the name of Firefox even before it was called Firebird) directory. This will be activated in nightly builds starting from tommorrow next week Thursday.

This change will be in the 0.9 release of Firefox and the migration engine will automatically migrate all Firefox-related data (bookmarks, userChrome.css, preferences, etc.) to the new folder.

There will be no auto-migration of extensions (as far as I know), so there is the hassle of reinstalling your extensions (if you installed them to the profile folder). Hopefully, the Firefox team is considering, or is already at work, implementing migration of extensions as well. Well, we’ll see what’s really in store when the other major extension related feature, the extension uninstaller, is implemented.

Migrating multiple profiles doesn’t sound like fun either:

Alternatively you can import one profile, run Firefox with the profile manager and delete the profile (but make sure NOT to delete the files) then run Firefox again and import the other profile. Run Firefox with the profile manager and create a new profile in the same location as the deleted one and all the settings in it will be picked up.

I do not know if this are only temporary measures for nightly build users, or are going to be the same for Firefox 0.9. But I am pretty sure Ben and the team will be making migration as hassle-free as possible, within the limits of what’s possible and what’s not.

11 Responses to Firefox profiles will no longer be in “Phoenix” folder

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Brian

March 13th, 2004 at 8am

As I described on my page, Firefox also has a new “Mail” toolbar icon. They have apparently embeded a new page icon with the Firefox logo on it as well inside the executable. I assume they’re using this for the future icon of pages/graphics that are associated with Firefox.

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Cheah Chu Yeow

March 13th, 2004 at 8am

Hmm… I can’t see the new Mail icon – I only see the one I posted about in the screenshot in my later entry. The icon appears to be the same icon as the History toolbar icon. Is anyone getting another icon (I’m using 20040311)?

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Brian

March 13th, 2004 at 8am

Like I described on my weblog, if you use a custom theme that doesn’t have support for it, it’ll show up as a button with all the buttons combined. It looks really nasty if you haven’t seen it already and when you do add it to the toolbar it breaks stuff. You can use this button using the default theme.

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Cheah Chu Yeow

March 13th, 2004 at 8am

Strange… I see it as the same icon as for “History”. I don’t have a custom theme installed… Perhaps you could post a screenshot on your weblog?

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Brian

March 13th, 2004 at 8am

I’m using: 20040312 :P

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Cheah Chu Yeow

March 13th, 2004 at 8am

Ah I see… I’ll get today’s build a bit later. Thanks.

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Dennis Pallett

June 15th, 2004 at 10pm

I guess “Ben and the team” didn’t make the migration as hassle-free as possible. I’ve got multiple (two) identies, and only my main one imported. Can’t get the other one to be imported.

I tried your instructions of removing the profile, and then importing the other one, but Firefox crashes when I try to delete the main profile…

any help? thanks

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Cheah Chu Yeow

June 16th, 2004 at 2am

Well, Firefox 0.9 has been released. Perhaps you could try that one out and see if that bug’s fixed.

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Cheah Chu Yeow

June 16th, 2004 at 10am

Have you uninstalled Firefox 0.8 first in that case? I have the 0.8 milestone installed at work and got the same problem. It worked when I uninstalled 0.8.

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Dennis Pallett

June 17th, 2004 at 12am

No, I didn’t :( Guess I’ll remember doing that next time. The second profile isn’t that important to me, so I won’t bother with it now, but it’s definitely something to remember next time.

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Dogtoe

March 13th, 2004 at 8am

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