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November 16, 2007

How to make Flock work a bit better for long time users

Filed under: All — rslomkow @ 4:46 pm

Reality is Flock has had some upgrading problems if you have been a long time Flock user, you may
find some instability in 1.0 if you have upgraded multiple times.  There is a way to trash your profile without losing everything (saved passwords, cookies, …)  WARNING you will still lose some of your profile data and potentially extensions and search-plugins.

1) Open Feeds -> Feed Options -> Export Feeds
Remember where you saved this. “flock-export.opml” is the name I will refer to it as later.

2) If you have been using firefox (as you probably have if flock has been crashing on you)
in these examples “USERNAME” needs to be replaced with your username on the system.

2.1) quit firefox

2.2) Rename your firefox profile directory

2.2a) Windows

C:\Documents and Settings\USERNAME\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox

Rename Firefox to Firefox-lkg

2.2b) Macintosh

/Users/USERNAME/Library/Application Support/Firefox

Rename Firefox to Firefox-lkg

2.2c) Linux


Rename firefox to firefox-lkg

3) quit both flock keep this blog post in a text editor or something

4) move your flock profile aside

4a) Windows

C:\Documents and Settings\USERNAME\Application Data\Flock\Browser

Rename Browser to Browser-old

4b) Macintosh

/Users/USERNAME/Library/Application Support/Flock

Rename Flock to Flock-old

4c) Linux


rename browser to browser-old

5) Copy your old flock profile to the location for a Firefox profile

5a) Windows

copy C:\Documents and Settings\USERNAME\Application Data\Flock\Browser-old to C:\Documents and Settings\USERNAME\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox

5b) Macintosh

copy /Users/USERNAME/Library/Application Support/Flock-old to /Users/USERNAME/Library/Application Support/Firefox

5c) Linux

cp -rp ~/.flock/browser-old ~/.mozilla/firefox

6) Start Flock

6.1) tell Flock to import information from Firefox

7) Fix your feeds.

7.1) open feeds

7.2) delete all feeds

7.3 in feeds -> feed options -> import feeds
now select the file you saved earlier! flock-export.opml

7.4 WAIT, at least 10 minutes.  If you have lots of feeds it will take a while for them all to load.

8) Quit flock gracefully

9) Start Flock again and you should be ready to go with a new more stable, faster peppier flock.

10) Restore your Firefox profile

10a) Windows

1) delete C:\Documents and Settings\USERNAME\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox

2) rename C:\Documents and Settings\USERNAME\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox-lkg
to Firefox

10b) Macintosh

1) delete /Users/USERNAME/Library/Application Support/Firefox

2) rename /Users/USERNAME/Library/Application Support/Firefox-lkg
to Firefox

10c) Linux

1) rm -rf ~/.mozilla/firefox

2) mv -i ~/.mozilla/firefox-lkg ~/.mozilla/firefox

This should clear out any corrupt rdf files, or clucene indexes, remove any outdated files.  It will also wipe out any extensions you have installed so be warned!  But my experience is it give a  far less buggy flock experience.

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1 Comment

  1. Thanks Robin-But any idea when Flock might put time into testing upgrades properly? I’ve been having problems with upgrades since .7.x

    Comment by Dida — November 17, 2007 @ 8:27 pm

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