Mozilla Backup Utility Allows Windows Users to Backup and Restore Mozilla Profiles

Wednesday September 24th, 2003

Paul wrote in to tell us about Mozilla Backup, a small Windows utility for backing up and restoring Mozilla profiles by Pavel Cvrcek. While we could not get the tool to locate any profiles during our tests on Windows XP, we would be interested to hear from others who have tried the application.

#1 What would be even nicer...

by Prognathous

Wednesday September 24th, 2003 10:07 PM a way to configure Mozilla to use profile on a central networked location (such as a WebDAV shared folder) rather than the local disk. In a way, a hack for roaming profile.


#4 Re: What would be even nicer...

by cybot

Thursday September 25th, 2003 2:17 AM

this shlould be handled by the OS, like Windows do, you can tell to store Profile-Information on the central server (domain controller)

#5 What if you're not using a Windows domain?

by Prognathous

Thursday September 25th, 2003 4:47 AM

What if you're using different PCs that are completely unrelated to each other, yet you wish to benefit from online storage such as a remote WebDAV (http) drive?


#11 Re: What if you're not using a Windows domain?

by cybot

Friday September 26th, 2003 1:56 AM

yes, then also this should be handled by the OS, but of course i know this is not handled at the moment by the OS, - in every OS there should be an Option where to store Profile-Information! so that not every app has to care about this!

but at he moment you are right, as long as OS not support this, this would be a good feature for mozilla!

#7 Re: What would be even nicer...

by FattMattP

Thursday September 25th, 2003 9:18 AM

It's on its way. Look at bug 124029 in bugzilla. Once that part is complete and committed to the tree people can start hooking up their own backends to transfer over their protocol of choice.

#9 Re: What would be even nicer...

by klierman

Thursday September 25th, 2003 11:02 AM

i totally agree with this.... i would LOVE for EVERYTHING to be able to be stored on webdav, especially address books and bookmarks. Dealing with using a computer at home and work and duplicating stuff like that is my biggest computer usage annoyance BY FAR.


#12 :)

by wowtip

Friday September 26th, 2003 8:42 AM

Agreed. That would be excellent.

But until bug 124029, mentioned by FattMattP is implemented, this is a nice workaround.

If you only want the bookmark syncronization and are running win32, booksync ( might be worth looking into, also.

#2 winXP

by glazou

Thursday September 25th, 2003 12:56 AM

WFM.... Nice tool :-)

#3 Not working on W2K

by mzvva

Thursday September 25th, 2003 1:39 AM

V. 1 claims a lack of write privileges or lack of disk space. I have 550Mb free. I think v 1.1 makes the same claim ;-)

I hope it gets sorted out soon. I'd really like to use it so I can change my W2K profile with the minimum of fuss.


#6 Re: Not working on W2K

by WillyWonka

Thursday September 25th, 2003 8:37 AM

Does your account have write privilges to the directories which it's trying to writing to? Try it with the administrator account.

#8 Should have

by mzvva

Thursday September 25th, 2003 9:25 AM

I always use this thing with admin privileges; anything else is just too painful ;-) Is there anything specific to this tool or Moz that I should be taking into account? Not that the tool allows me to really change the target file anyway...

#10 Windows XP problem

by JasnaPaka

Thursday September 25th, 2003 2:27 PM

Windows XP problem has been fixed (maybe). Next release (1.1) comming soon... . Author Mozilla Backup