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Manual backup of bookmark json file is empty, export of bookmark html file "self-deletes"

Update:10-11Source: network consolidation
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I'm now using Firefox 17.0.11esr in Win 7 at work and 26.0 in Win XP at home. I tried 24.2.0esr at work, but had to return to the earlier version, because of this problem below, which also happens with my home machine:
I cannot save, manually or automatically, a usable bookmarks json file for use as a backup. The files are always empty.
When I try to export a bookmarks html file, it begins to create and save it, but then "self-deletes" it before it's done.
Why is this a problem with 24.2.0esr and 26.0, but not 17.0.11esr? What can I do about it?
Thanks

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You can try to create a new profile and keep both profiles open at the same time.<br />
You can do that by starting the second instance with the -no-remote command line switch (see further down).
Then you can do a copy and paste of the bookmarks in the Bookmarks Manager (Library) from the current profile to the Library of the new profile to create a new places.sqlite database file.<br />
If that works then you can copy this places.sqlite file to your current profile folder.<br />
You will lose the history, but it is possible to copy history items to a bookmarks folder in the new profile.
See "Creating a profile":
*https://support.mozilla.org/kb/profile-manager-create-and-remove-firefox-profiles
*http://kb.mozillazine.org/Standard_diagnostic_-_Firefox#Profile_issues
You can also opt to keep using the new profile and transfer some files from the old profile to the new profile, but be cautious not to copy corrupted files to avoid carrying over the problem.
*http://kb.mozillazine.org/Transferring_data_to_a_new_profile_-_Firefox
See:
*http://kb.mozillazine.org/Creating_a_new_Firefox_profile_on_Windows
Use the -no-remote command line switch to open another Firefox instance with its own profile and run multiple Firefox instances simultaneously.
*http://kb.mozillazine.org/Opening_a_new_instance_of_Firefox_with_another_profile
*https://developer.mozilla.org/Mozilla/Multiple_Firefox_Profiles