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Firefox 34 - Awesome Bar no longer finds some bookmarks after upgrade

Posted on 2014-12-13
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I just upgraded to FF34 and having a horrible time getting everything functioning right again. My current problem is that when I type a name in the Awesome Bar, it will not look at ALL my bookmarks. It does show some, but not all. For example if I type exp, it properly shows my bookmark for Experts Exchange. If I type fire, it shows nothing even though I have 4-5 bookmarks related to firefox. If I type the letter "s" I can see 5 related bookmarks but not the proper one. I have the location bar in the settings set to History and Bookmarks. I have not found any solutions on the web and am at a loss as to what to try next. I even deleted the bookmark and added it back with no improvement. Since I have started in safe mode and still see the problem, I know it is not one of my add ons.  Anyone know of a solution?
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If you enter more of the name, does it filter down to the bookmark eventually? I do recall that it would only result a limited number and that the more you entered the more it would filter down to the correct one (s).  It might be that you simply haven't given it enough data to supply you with the requested result?

There is also a workaround to display more than the default number of results as you type but I would have to look that up if that is what you really are asking.
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It never finds the associated bookmark.  For example if I type the letter s nothing shows in the list even though I have a bookmark that starts with the letter s.  There are some bookmarks it will never find and others it will find just fine.  I cannot find anyway to make it find those bookmarks that it does not find.
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Can you go to your bookmarks manager and then export ask bookmarks and then post that here?. I will import and test and see if My Firefox will display the bookmarks.
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If you are on Firefox version 34, just try to add a new bookmark.  Any new bookmark I add right now is not showing in the awesomebar.
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Your question spurred me on to try a couple different items and I found it!!!

You made me think about wiping out all my bookmarks and starting over.  I decided the easy way to wipe them out would be to deleted places.sqlite as that is where all the bookmarks are stored.  However, when I opend firefox back up all my bookmarks where still there.  I started digging around and found a folder with a firefox made backup of all my bookmarks.  I then exported out all of my bookmarks, manually deleted them all and then deleted all the backup files.  Stopped and restarted firefox to make sure they were all gone.  Then closed out firefox, imported my bookmarks and now they all work!  I have a couple other machines with this problem and I am going to try a few ideas to see if I can simplify the process and post it back here.  Thanks for making me take a look at the problem from a different angle.
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I tried a few items, but could not find a better way.  Here are the detailed steps that solved my problem:

Press Cntrl+Shift+B to show all bookmarks
Click on Import and Backup
Click on Backup
Save the file
Close Firefox
Navigate to the Mozilla Profile Director (On a Windows 7 Box it is most likely in C:\Users\YourUserName\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\YouFireFoxProfileName)
Make a copy of the bookmarkbackups folder, places.sqlite, places.sqlite-shm, and places.sqlite-wal just in case.
Delete all the files in the bookmarkbackups folder
Delete places.sqlite, places.sqlite-shm, and places.sqlite-wal
Open Firefox
Press Cntrl+Shift+B to show all bookmarks
Click on Import and Backup
Click on Restore >> Choose File
Select the file from earlier
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Thanks for letting us know how you fixed it.  Glad I could help a little.
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Found my own solution.   mtz1of4's question helped me get down the right path.
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