Firefox 1.0 - Can't Clean out the Download Manager History

Discussion in 'Firefox' started by student X, Nov 22, 2004.

  1. student X

    student X Guest

    Hello All,

    Not realizing that I have to clean it out on a regular basis(bummer),
    now the thing is so full that I can't do anything with it - it just
    hangs til I force quit in Task Manager. If I knew where the folder is
    that holds this crap maybe I could delete them from there? I've looked
    can't find it. I've tried cleaning from the Options menu item too, but
    same thing, just hangs.

    Any suggestions?
    student X, Nov 22, 2004
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  2. In your profile folder, its downloads.rdf. Try simply renaming it with
    FF closed, then open FF. A new downloads.rdf should be generated, and
    the Download Manager should be clear.

    Leonidas Jones, Nov 22, 2004
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  3. student X

    student X Guest

    Hi Lee,

    Nope, no such folder or file - downloads.rdf - lives in my FF profile
    folder - or my hard drive. (I'm on XP Pro SP 1 w/FF 1.0 should anyone
    be wondering.) There is something called "localstore.rdf" in the
    profile folder and I tried to do what you said on it but no dice.

    student X, Nov 22, 2004
  4. localstore .rdf contains the setting for your window display in Firefox.
    I've looked in four profiles on two machine, XP and ME, and all have
    downloads.rdf, and that is where the download manager information is
    stored. If that file is really absent, I suppose this could be part of
    your problem. It is supposed to be there:

    I suspect, if the file is not there, you may be looking at creating a
    new profile and transferring your data: Profiles.html

    Leonidas Jones, Nov 23, 2004
  5. student X

    student X Guest

    Good links. Thanks. So I went into the menu>>options again and realized
    that in addition to the "clear" button I had been pushing, there was a
    little + (plus) sign to the left. So I clicked on it and lo-and-behold,
    there were the options that I needed to change. So I told it to "clear
    on Mozilla exit" and quit the program. Now the effing thing won't even

    MESSAGE TO FIREFOX PROGRAMERS: make"clear on Mozilla exit" the default
    setting in the download manager or I guarantee you're gonna have a
    whole lot of people with this very same problem very soon and it sure
    leaves a bad taste in ones mouth.

    Still struggling,
    student X, Nov 23, 2004
  6. student X

    student X Guest

    Problem fixed!

    I simply went to bed and left FF to hang. Wnen I awoke the Download
    Manager was empty. So even though task manager was saying "FireFox not
    responding" it was in fact doing it's dirty clean-up work - it just
    took all night to complete.

    Never found the downloads.rdf folder. Don't care as long as it runs
    O.K. I've put the options to "Remove files from the Download Manager
    Upon sucessful download" because I really don't want anymore trouble
    with this thing and I really don't need to cache them anyway.

    Thanks for your help Lee.

    Others Beware of this.

    student X, Nov 23, 2004
  7. student X

    Tom Betz Guest

    I've found the Download Manager Tweaks extension to be a great
    improvement over the defaults. Well worth installing.

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    Tom Betz, Nov 23, 2004
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