Closed Bug 432370 Opened 13 years ago Closed 3 years ago

Drag and drop of root folders in Bookmarks Sidebar into other root folder will duplicate folders


(Firefox :: Bookmarks & History, defect)

Not set





(Reporter: abillings, Unassigned)



If a user opens the Bookmarks Sidebar and drags and drops one of the three root folders onto another, a duplicate copy of the root folder dragged is created under the drop location.

We should not allow these folders to duplicate themselves and contents when dragged and dropped onto each other.

This was found in Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; U; Intel Mac OS X 10.5; en-US; rv:1.9pre) Gecko/2008050504 Minefield/3.0pre.

Steps to Reproduce
1. Start Firefox with a clean profile
2. Open the Bookmarks Sidebar
3. Drag the "Bookmarks Menu" and drop it on "Unsorted Bookmarks"

Result: A "Bookmarks Menu" folder will be created under "Unsorted Bookmarks" containing the entire contents of the original "Bookmarks Menu" folder.
I agree completely. However, the mano and mconnor both thought it overly restrictive to disallow copying these folders. Note that the dropped versions are static *copies*, not shortcuts to the originals.
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.

Component: Places → Bookmarks & History
QA Contact: places → bookmarks
I agree that totally disallowing copying of the root folders is overly restrictive. However IMHO it's a pretty niche feature and drag-and-drop of the root folders is almost always going to be an accident. Since you can also use the context menu it should be possible to disable drag-and-drop without removing the ability to copy them. The only issue I can see with that approach is the context menu has relatively low discoverability for some users.
Per policy at If this bug is not an enhancement request or a bug not present in a supported release of Firefox, then it may be reopened.
Closed: 3 years ago
Resolution: --- → INACTIVE
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