Last Comment Bug 410870 - Favicon not used for some feeds after visiting an entry
: Favicon not used for some feeds after visiting an entry
: regression
Product: Firefox
Classification: Client Software
Component: Bookmarks & History (show other bugs)
: Trunk
: All All
: P4 normal with 1 vote (vote)
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Assigned To: Nobody; OK to take it and work on it
: Marco Bonardo [::mak]
: 412290 413990 445116 (view as bug list)
Depends on: livemarksIO
Blocks: 400544
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Reported: 2008-01-04 18:41 PST by Brian Polidoro
Modified: 2012-02-25 02:40 PST (History)
10 users (show)
mconnor: blocking‑firefox3-
mconnor: wanted‑firefox3+
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BBC feed showing favicons that stopped working on 08-10-29 (77.59 KB, image/jpeg)
2008-10-29 13:05 PDT, Luke Iliffe (Harlequin99)
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Description Brian Polidoro 2008-01-04 18:41:30 PST
For some feeds the favicon of the site is not used for the livemark entries after visiting that entry.  

A couple of feeds that don't work anymore are slashdot and the bbc headlines feed present in new profiles.  

Other feeds like Digg and Planet Mozilla still work.

This goes back to the end of the hourly archive so I couldn't narrow it down more:
12-21 nightly works
12-21 1836 broke
Comment 2 Brian Polidoro 2008-01-14 11:01:17 PST
*** Bug 412290 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 3 Brian Polidoro 2008-01-25 15:39:02 PST
*** Bug 413990 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 4 Mike Connor [:mconnor] 2008-03-18 00:23:25 PDT
Not blocking on this bug for final ship. Would take a safe enough patch if one comes through.
Comment 5 Brian Polidoro 2008-07-14 06:56:15 PDT
*** Bug 445116 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 6 Brian Polidoro 2008-08-21 10:41:01 PDT
This suddenly works for Slashdot but I think that may be because of something like they changed their favicon.  

Changing the URL field to the default headlines feed from the BBC which still doesn't work.  
Comment 7 Luke Iliffe (Harlequin99) 2008-10-11 05:00:47 PDT
The BBC feeds seem to be working for me now in Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.9.1b2pre) Gecko/20081010 Minefield/3.1b2pre
Comment 8 Thomas Goldstein 2008-10-11 06:38:31 PDT
For what it's worth, when this bug showed up, among my feeds, it broke the favicon appearance of the Opera Desktop Team RSS (, as well as the Burning Edge one (
Now, the Opera favicons show up again, but the Burning Edge ones still don't.
Comment 9 Luke Iliffe (Harlequin99) 2008-10-11 07:08:59 PDT
The Burning Edge site does not appear to use favicons at all. Presumably this would be why none show up in RSS feeds entries?
Comment 10 Thomas Goldstein 2008-10-11 13:45:33 PDT
You're right, I thought there was one before...
I guess default read/unread icons could be chosen for favicon-less sites, but that's another issue.
Comment 11 Marco Bonardo [::mak] 2008-10-27 14:51:03 PDT
is this still reproduceable? any valid STR around?
Comment 12 Luke Iliffe (Harlequin99) 2008-10-27 15:01:32 PDT
This now WORKSFORME on all feeds that were previously busted for me.
Comment 13 Brian Polidoro 2008-10-28 09:22:33 PDT
Is there a file size limit for the favicon like there was with FF2?  

I'm thinking in this case the sites changed their favicons to one that works.  I'm kicking myself for not trying to save and attach a favicon when filing the bug.
Comment 14 Marco Bonardo [::mak] 2008-10-28 09:29:57 PDT
(In reply to comment #13)
> Is there a file size limit for the favicon like there was with FF2?  

yes, but we usually try to convert the favicon to a 16*16 png if it's bigger than 1024B, if the conversion fails we still save the favicon until it is smaller than 10KB, if that's bigger we don't save it.
Comment 15 Henrik Skupin (:whimboo) 2008-10-28 12:21:56 PDT
At least the favicon on seems to be broken. Brian could this be something you have been seen when you filed that bug? Or did the favicon show up perfectly in the location bar?
Comment 16 Brian Polidoro 2008-10-28 12:41:00 PDT
Like comment 9 says it doesn't look like squarefree has a favicon. I don't see one in IE7 or Opera either.

When I go directly to I get this: <The image “” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.> Opera prompts me to download the file.  IE7 says "No favicon.".

So that looks like a corrupt icon or something like that.
Comment 17 Luke Iliffe (Harlequin99) 2008-10-29 12:37:18 PDT
I spoke to soon in comment 12. It appears in the latest nightly Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.9.1b2pre) Gecko/20081029 Minefield/3.1b2pre the BBC favicons do not appear again. 

Some discussion on issues with live bookmarks with this build at
Comment 18 Luke Iliffe (Harlequin99) 2008-10-29 13:01:01 PDT
(In reply to comment #11)
> is this still reproduceable? any valid STR around?

1. Go to
2. Bookmarks menu, 'subscribe to this page'
3. Subscribe using live bookmarks.
4. Add to bookmarks menu.

Will add a screenshot of the BBC feed with visited entries showing the BBC favicon. Using nightly build 20081029 built from no further favicons are added when unread feeds are read.
Comment 19 Luke Iliffe (Harlequin99) 2008-10-29 13:05:19 PDT
Created attachment 345332 [details]
BBC feed showing favicons that stopped working on 08-10-29
Comment 20 Luke Iliffe (Harlequin99) 2008-11-05 02:52:24 PST
The problems in the 08-10-29 build was caused bug 462379. This now WORKSFORME again.
Comment 21 Gervase Markham [:gerv] 2009-11-26 07:13:44 PST
Bug 451915 - move Firefox/Places bugs to Firefox/Bookmarks and History. Remove all bugspam from this move by filtering for the string "places-to-b-and-h".

In Thunderbird 3.0b, you do that as follows:
Tools | Message Filters
Make sure the correct account is selected. Click "New"
Conditions: Body   contains   places-to-b-and-h
Change the action to "Delete Message".
Select "Manually Run" from the dropdown at the top.
Click OK.

Select the filter in the list, make sure "Inbox" is selected at the bottom, and click "Run Now". This should delete all the bugspam. You can then delete the filter.

Comment 22 Marco Bonardo [::mak] 2012-02-25 02:40:49 PST
we don't use anymore the page icons, the new status uses visited coloring and so this should be fixed by bug 613588

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