Tails 3 keeps collapsing the Firefox bookmarks toolbar

November 27, 2017 at 8:59 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Ok, this is another problem that I constantly asked about. In Tails 3 and beyond, the bookmark bar annoyingly disappears upon each reboot. The tails support maillist and tails subreddit didn’t have any answers, so I looked at it closer myself.

Ok, it seems that the config file is stored in ./.tor-browser/profile.default/xulstore.json

Exact contents here:

{“chrome://browser/content/browser.xul”:{“navigator-toolbox”:{“iconsize”:”small”},”main-window”:{“screenX”:”90″,”screenY”:”117″,”width”:”1000″,”height”:”571″,”sizemode”:”normal”},”PersonalToolbar”:{“collapsed”:”false”},”sidebar-box”:{“sidebarcommand”:””,”width”:””,”src”:””},”sidebar-title”:{“value”:””}}}

Basically, this is the file that stores your bookmark bar toolbar settings. Take a look at this line:

“PersonalToolbar”:{“collapsed”:”false”}

This should be set to “false”. The funny thing is is that I tried to put the xulstore.json in the “dotfiles” directory, so it remembers the settings. But for some reason, the file gets overwritten by tails on the first loading of tor-browser.

Don’t know how to fix this and the maillists/subreddit are not helping. If someone knows a good workaround/solution, please leave a comment in my blog and I will update this blog post, so other people can benefit.

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