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Firefox Passwords: How to Rename Signons.txt File & Path

I'm using Firefox 2.0.0.7 on Windows XP.  My signons.txt file got renamed to signons2.txt and I'd like to restore the original name.

Can someone tell me how to rename this file and possibly set a different path location as well?

Also, while I was attempting to do this, I am now unable to locate the signons* file at all in the default folder area, yet my passwords are working and I can view them from the options settings window.  Has the default name been changed in this FF version?

C:\Documents and Settings\Wizeowl\Application Data\Mozilla

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war1Commented:
Greetings WizeOwl !

Backup signons2.txt file.  Close Firefox.  Go to Profile folder delete or move signons.txt file.  Then rename signons2.txt to signons.txt file.

The files and folder are hidden, so you have to unhide hidden folders. Open Windows Explorer folder and select Tools > Folders Options > View. Check "Show hidden files and folders". Click OK.

Hope this helps, war1
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WizeOwlAuthor Commented:
My system settings have always been enabled to show hidden files/folders.  So that was not the problem.  It is more mysterious than that...

I did as you instructed.  

I terminated the Firefox application.

I copied signons2.txt to the profile folder and renamed it to signons.txt, and restarted Firefox.

I then watched as the file, signons.txt, disappeared from the profiles folder.  It seems to get deleted when Firefox launches.

Passwords are loaded and working in Firefox for that session.  If I exit and relaunch, the file is gone and passwords are not loaded.

If I rename it to signons2.txt, however, the file does not get deleted.

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war1Commented:
Look in the pref.js file with an editor like Notepad.  See if is calling out signons.txt or signons2.txt.  Backup the file before doing any editing.
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WizeOwlAuthor Commented:
When I look at prefs.js, there is no entry for signons.txt.  what I find is the following:

          user_pref("signon.SignonFileName2", "signons2.txt");


When I look at URL: about:config,  I see the following:

         user_pref("signon.SignonFileName", "signons.txt");
         user_pref("signon.SignonFileName2", "signons2.txt");

I don't see any way to delete the second listing.

The best it seems I can do is edit the ..2 listing to signons.txt, also.  So, although there are now two listings for the SignonFileName, it's finding the correct file.





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WizeOwlAuthor Commented:
If anyone knows how to delete the extra entry in the

           about:config

area, that would be nice.  I don't see any option to delete.  When I remove it from the prefs.js file, it is still in the about:config area with the old value of signons2.txt.

 
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war1Commented:
What is the value on the user_pref("signon.SignonFileName2", "signons2.txt"); ?

Can you set the value to false or 0?
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WizeOwlAuthor Commented:
I just tried your suggestion using the following:

user_pref("signon.SignonFileName2", false);
user_pref("signon.SignonFileName2", "false");
user_pref("signon.SignonFileName2", 0);
user_pref("signon.SignonFileName2", "0");

None worked to eliminate the preference name in the about:config area.

What's interesting is that there are two of these preference names in the about:config area.

                     signon.SignonFileName
and
                     signon.SignonFileName2

Setting the ..2 preference to it's default value is always "signons2.txt", and it removes the entry from the prefs.js file.

I have no idea where it is getting that value from.  The only file that contains that text string is the Firefox sessionstore.js .

I'll just use the work-around and consider it a bug in Firefox.

Thanks (and points) for your assistance.

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war1Commented:
WizeOwl, glad the workaround works.  You have to accept one of the comments above to give me points.
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Marc ZCommented:
WizeOwl,

The change from signons.txt to signons2.txt was a Bug Fix from Mozilla.  Restoring the original filename MIGHT cause issues down the road.  Your original signons.txt was migrated into the signons2.txt file in either update 1.5.0.10 or Firefox 2.0.0.2

Take a look at these pages.
http://kb.mozillazine.org/Signons2.txt
https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=360493
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WizeOwlAuthor Commented:
That explains why the system default is set to signons2.txt.  Fascinating...
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Marc ZCommented:
Yes, so you may not want to rename signons2 to signons, in case the bug was related to stealing that information.
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WizeOwlAuthor Commented:
Thanks, I went ahead and changed it back to the default in the about:config.  
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