missing cookies.txt file breaks compatibility with third-party tools that consume it (e.g. wget)




7 years ago
7 years ago


(Reporter: Barry Kelly, Unassigned)


Firefox Tracking Flags

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7 years ago
User-Agent:       Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 6.1; en-US; rv: Gecko/20100914 Firefox/3.6.10
Build Identifier: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 6.1; en-US; rv: Gecko/20100914 Firefox/3.6.10

This is approximately a duplicate of #437517, but that bug has been closed and "Tyler Downer [Triage]" is ignoring replies, saying that the bug has "No reply".

Third party tools - like wget with the --load-cookies option - consume the Netscape cookies.txt file. This is primarily useful for automated downloads from sites that require a login, especially those with logins that are hard to automate, e.g. captchas.

Since Firefox 3.0, this file is no longer generated; instead, cookies are stored in a sqlite db, cookies.sqlite. This is infinitely less useful for third-party consumption, ad-hoc consumption, etc.

There's no simple workaround that I'm aware of, apart from manually and laboriously copying and pasting cookie names and values from the UI into a command line. That gets old really quickly.

Just writing the cookies.txt file would be sufficient.

I'm currently forced to run Firefox to get around this issue.

Reproducible: Always

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Start Firefox
2. Log in to a site that stores a cookie to maintain login status
3. View profile directory in preferred shell and note absence of cookies.txt containing cookie from login
Actual Results:  
cookies.txt file is missing and doesn't contain persistent cookies.

Expected Results:  
cookies.txt file should exist and contain persistent cookies stored by web sites.
There are reasons why Gecko is using the sqlite database and we will not switch back to a txt file.
Your case is a perfect example for an addon.
You are lucky because you don't have to write your own addon, i found this with a simple "cookie export" search :

marking wontfix
Last Resolved: 7 years ago
Resolution: --- → WONTFIX
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