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Last Comment Bug 476191 - bookmarks import from IE aborts on hitting a corrupt bookmark
: bookmarks import from IE aborts on hitting a corrupt bookmark
Product: Firefox
Classification: Client Software
Component: Migration (show other bugs)
: unspecified
: x86 Windows XP
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Assigned To: Nobody; OK to take it and work on it
: Matthew N. [:MattN]
: 494867 580391 (view as bug list)
Depends on: 575591
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Reported: 2009-01-30 11:31 PST by
Modified: 2010-11-09 17:38 PST (History)
6 users (show)
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Screenshot, normal mode (111.33 KB, image/jpeg)
2009-05-02 08:30 PDT,
no flags Details
Screenshot, safe mode, scrolled to limit (HTT) (74.03 KB, image/jpeg)
2009-05-02 08:33 PDT,
no flags Details
Problem improperly formed URL shortcut (49 bytes, application/octet-stream)
2009-05-02 11:50 PDT,
no flags Details

Description 2009-01-30 11:31:27 PST
User-Agent:       Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv: Gecko/2008120122 Firefox/3.0.5
Build Identifier: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv: Gecko/2008120122 Firefox/3.0.5

Hi, recently I reported and confirmed bug 456956 resolved. And indeed, I can now scroll up and down the Bookmarks list in 1 column.

However, the list is incomplete. The column is longer than one screen, and so scrolls up and down. But about 2/3 are missing. If I look at 'Manage Bookmarks', there is nothing beyond hxxxxxxx.

By comparison, the plugin 'Plain old Favourites' sees them all - at least, it looks like all.

I'd say there are about 4 or 5 columns worth of favorites, mostly folders, some individual ones.

IE7, Maxthon 2, XP PRo.

Reproducible: Always

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Install FF3.05
2. Import IE Favorites
3. View them

IE7, Maxthon 2, XP PRo.

A number of FF plugins.
Comment 1 Marco Bonardo [::mak] 2009-01-30 11:46:19 PST
can you provide (also by mail) an html export of your ie7 bookmarks?
Comment 2 Marco Bonardo [::mak] 2009-03-11 10:42:35 PDT
not enough informations to reproduce, please provide the file to import by mail if you want for someone to look into this
Comment 3 2009-04-26 12:00:57 PDT
Hello, I will endeavour to do so.

Meanwhile, using 'Plain Old Favourites' means I can keep a single favorites folder between IE7 and FF, as I understand it.

What I dislike is that this means scrolling vertically through a long list, which is cumbersome. I believe that was the behaviour in FF too.

Maxthon's multi column approach is MUCH friendlier. Would really like to see this in FF.

IE7 uses the vertical scroll presentation.
Comment 4 2009-05-02 08:30:50 PDT
Created attachment 375468 [details]
Screenshot, normal mode
Comment 5 2009-05-02 08:33:56 PDT
Created attachment 375469 [details]
Screenshot, safe mode, scrolled to limit (HTT)

Herewith two screenshots showing IE imported favourites scrolling at the limit, latest FF in Vista SP1. The rest - more than half- are inaccessible by this means.

Plain old favourites add-in allows me to access all.

I have sent a set of favourites as requested by email.

Hope that lets you investigate or advise.

Thanks David Lawrie
Comment 6 2009-05-02 11:13:43 PDT
Hi, perhaps this is actually a problem in importing the list of favourites.. could the import be curtailed for some reason?

I've not tried exporting and the file isn't directly accessible.
Comment 7 2009-05-02 11:47:34 PDT
Ok, I've identified the problem for you.

There's an improperly formed shortcut in the list.

- the import process fails when it encounters this
- the display terminates when the shortcut is encountered.

Its URL is
Comment 8 2009-05-02 11:50:13 PDT
Created attachment 375474 [details]
Problem improperly formed URL shortcut

When this is encountered, action should be at least to ignore it, preferably warn.
Comment 9 Marco Bonardo [::mak] 2009-08-12 06:11:11 PDT
yes, a corrupt bookmark entry in IE could cause import to fail in the middle. Moving to migration.
Comment 10 Jim Mathies [:jimm] 2010-11-06 10:24:36 PDT
*** Bug 494867 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 11 Jim Mathies [:jimm] 2010-11-06 10:26:20 PDT
*** Bug 580391 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 12 Jim Mathies [:jimm] 2010-11-09 17:38:49 PST
This should be addressed by the patches in bug 575591.

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