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Author Topic: How to index bookmarks (or is my install not listing plugins for some reason??)  (Read 2210 times)

paultparker

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I was fascinated by the list of plugins;  there are lots of very useful things.

But first I want to do something very simple, which comprises ~50% of my use of Launchy, my prior favorite launcher:  have my bookmarks show up in FARR.  Rumor has it there is a plugin available for this, but I cannot find it and my install did not come with any plugins bundled, which matches a post I saw recently.  I re-ran the program with administrator rights in case it mattered, and then the list of plugins is still empty, and the log button says there is no log file therefore there have been no errors.

Curiously, my actual plugins directory lists some 22 items, including FarrFox. :huh:  These seem to only contain an icon file and a dcupdate file.  In desperation I tried every single button in the Update Tab and the plugin window, most of them multiple times.  I even tried resetting and options then doing that again.  I am running 64-bit Windows 7 if it matters.

Also, I should mention I what I really want is to index the bookmarks from Chrome, which is my dominant browser by far.

phitsc

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All the subfolders you have underneath your Farr/Plugins folder are not actually installed plugins, but just placeholders for some (most?) of the plugins available for FARR. These directories contain files that allow the DCUpdater application to install these plugins for you, i.e. you need to install DCUpdater if you don't want to install these plugins manually.

To see what plugins you have really installed, open FARR and type aplugins.
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Concerning FarrFox, although I'm not using it myself, I'm not sure it can handle Firefox 3 / 4 bookmarks (Since Firefox 3 bookmarks are stored in a database instead of a text file).

Looks like Chrome does store its bookmarks in a text file (seems to be JSON) so making a plugin for this or adding the functionality to FarrFox shouldn't be too hard.

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Concerning FarrFox, although I'm not using it myself, I'm not sure it can handle Firefox 3 / 4 bookmarks (Since Firefox 3 bookmarks are stored in a database instead of a text file).
FWIW, for FF3 (may be in FF4 too) perhaps some of the following may be relevant:

  http://www.donationcoder.com/forum/index.php?topic=18615.msg195345#msg195345

  http://www.donationcoder.com/forum/index.php?topic=18615.msg195489#msg195489

IIRC, under the appropriate circumstances, one can get at slightly older bookmark info in the form of JSON files in the bookmarkbackups folder in one's profile directory.  Don't have any idea whether this is in a form at all similar to how Chrome stores things.

Last time this was discussed with mouser, I believe the conclusion that was reached was that to get up-to-date info, one would end up copying the sqlite data elsewhere to operate on it (blech)...looks like other folks may have reached similar conclusions:

  http://stackoverflow.com/questions/627937/how-do-i-access-firefox-3-bookmarks-while-firefox-is-running

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IIRC, ...

Damn, I need to look this one up every time :(

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FWIW, took a quick look at Chrome's Bookmarks file...a single bookmark might look like:

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    {
        "date_added": "12948459931936850",
        "id": "4",
        "name": "DonationCoder.com",
        "type": "url",
        "url": "http://www.donationcoder.com/"
     }

In FF (at least with 4) that might look like:

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    {
        "index": 10,
        "title": "DonationCoder.com",
        "id": 22,
        "parent": 3,
        "dateAdded": 1260840327468000,
        "lastModified": 1260840327468000,
        "type": "text/x-moz-place",
        "uri": "https://donationcoder.com/"
    }