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Old 09-05-2006, 03:18 PM   #1
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Does anyone have a clue about why Firefox created what appears to be an infinite number of cookies.txt files (suffixed with a number to make the name unique) about every minute that one is using the browser????

I had over 1000 (yes!!! 1000!!!) of these stupid files after using it for a few hours...

Is there some option to turn that off?


The only time I ever get hits in either Spybot Search & Destroy or AdAware is when I use IE (very rare occurrence but I have to use it every now and again)--normally I use Netscape.

Is there some option(s) I could turn off to make it safer? Active-x or something???

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Old 09-06-2006, 08:58 AM   #2
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Is there some option to turn that off?
I don't know why Firefox did that, but you might review the following:

Are you using the current version, 1.5.0.6?

See Tools | Options | Privacy | Cookies, and try tightening the settings up for where you have them now. For example, if "Allow sites to set cookies" is checked, then check "for the originating site only" if it is not.

   
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I would suspect a possible permissions issue - if FF has the rights to create the cookies.txt file but not the right to update it. In such a case FF, attempting to update cookies.txt, might store the new copy with an incrementing version number.

This could happen because of directory permissions or because the cookies.txt file has something that your AV doesn't like.
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john: Are you using the current version, 1.5.0.6?
Yeah...

>>For example, if "Allow sites to set cookies" is checked, then check "for the originating site only" if it is not.

Did that but it didn't help...it appears to be creating cookies either for every new site I visit...stupid browser...'-}}

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gary: if FF has the rights to create the cookies.txt file but not the right to update it. In such a case FF, attempting to update cookies.txt, might store the new copy with an incrementing version number.
I do allow cookies and the cookie.txt file was not/is not set to read-only...

Oh well...I don't use FF that often...

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Old 09-06-2006, 12:36 PM   #6
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it appears to be creating cookies either for every new site I visit
Normally FF should store (append) all cookies to the one cookies.txt file.
That's the way it works on my Linux system (where I use FF 99%) and on my Win2K system (mixed FF & IE use).
Note: not that it's particularly relevant, but I have FF configured to drop cookies at exit on both systems.
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Does anyone have a clue about why Firefox created what appears to be an infinite number of cookies.txt files (suffixed with a number to make the name unique) about every minute that one is using the browser????
This is a reported bug - see https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=297313 and note the bottom report on https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=257288

   
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Old 09-07-2006, 01:27 PM   #8
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Thank you so much!!!!

I found the following on that page and changed the attribute from read-only and that did the trick--actually, it's gone now so the FF/system must have deleted it: "A file called "cookies.txt.moztmp" was Read-Only. One I deleted that file all was ok."

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gary: Normally FF should store (append) all cookies to the one cookies.txt file.
See my reply to Kelvyn--it's a file cookies.txt.moztmp that causes the problem...

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