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Re: [Bug-gnuzilla] Icecat - how to move passwords from Firefox

From: Stuart T Rogers
Subject: Re: [Bug-gnuzilla] Icecat - how to move passwords from Firefox
Date: Fri, 1 Jan 2016 08:45:04 +0000
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OK lets get this straight. I have NO issue with Firefox and can export the passwords using an add-on as there is no basic function in FF for that. I can view the file created and it is fine. The same add-on gets errors importing the passwords into Icecat so that is no good. I then tried copying the entire FF profile across into the Icecat profile (the basic one created when you first start Icecat) and did this while both FF and Icecat were NOT running. Still no good. So I deleted the Icecat profile completely and started it again to get a basic profile and copied the key3.db and logins.json across - still no passwords when Icecat started. I also run FEBE in both browsers so decided to restore passwords from a FF FEBE backup into Icecat using FEBE in Icecat, this says it works but again when I try to display passwords there are none.

Now I have found that Icecat does not create a logins.json file when I actually store a password in Icecat the normal way, so there is a difference between how Icecat stores passwords and how FF 43 does it.

So bottom line here there is NO WAY apparently to move passwords from Firefox to Icecat without a huge amount of work either using Keepass or some other password utility external to both browsers. This is completely unacceptable and needs to be addressed if Icecat is to become a useable browser for anyone who is not starting from scratch.


On 01/01/16 04:57, Julian Marchant wrote:
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On 12/31/2015 03:14 PM, Stuart T Rogers wrote:
OK but that still does not explain why one cannot copy the
relevant files between Icecat and Firefox for passwords. When there
is a perfectly good way to store passwords in FF and Icecat is
supposed to be a clone of FF why cannot passwords be simply copied
across? I dont want to have to use extra software to copy
passwords. It makes NO sense to me.

I don't understand either, but you did say that it was exporting the
keys from Firefox that you were having trouble doing, correct?

I tried the password exporter add-on but that gives errors.

If that's the case, the primary source of your problem would seem to
be Firefox.

As for the trouble you had copying your profile:

I tried copying the FF profile but that does not do it

Based on this, I can't even tell if you "copied" the profile
correctly. For all I know, you might have just merged the contents of
.mozilla/firefox into .mozilla/icecat, which would of course have no
effect, because you would still have to choose the Firefox profile
rather than the already existing IceCat profile.

I'm not terribly knowledgeable about Firefox and IceCat; I'm just a
user. I have no idea whether or not I would be any help if I had more
information. But the point is, you can't just hurl all of the blame on

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