Sharing firefox profile between XP & Ubuntu

Asked by hpk

Hi all, I have been a recent convert to Ubuntu from Windows XP. I have to work with XP several times a day for my work which includes a lot of websurfing. After installing Ubuntu I thought of merging my Windows XP & Ubuntu profiles together so that I can pick up my sessions from exactly where I left in one OS to the other.

So I made my Ubuntu firefox profile point to my Windows XP (after backing it up ofcourse) profile. Every thing works fine, even my passwords and bookmarks et all. show up. However, none of my extentions work even though they show up in the extentions manager.

Is it possible to get my extensions working in this way? Or do I have to go the Wine way?

Please advice. Thanks


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Dean Sas (dsas) said :

Just to check: your extensions are installed to your profile rather than system wide?

You shouldn't need to use Wine to run extensions, I think you could also open the .xpi extension files using file -> open in firefox, although this would probably be slightly cumbersome.

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yosefrow (yosefrow) said :

Some and possibly many extensions that were written to be used with windows will not work on a linux machine since the Windows and Linux framework/api differ.

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yosefrow (yosefrow) said :

 If you must share profiles by linking them, I recommend manually linking everything in your windows profile with the exclusion of the extension folders/files and then downloading the linux versions of the extensions. You can easily can a list of all your installed extensions by installing and running the InfoLister extension ( I do not know if this will work since Firefox registers every extension, but I believe it is worth a try. If you attempt the above method please report what happened. If this goes well for you I will probably try this method out myself and even recommend it to others.

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