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Duplicates from Various OS, Browsers, and Computer Platforms!

I have a lot of DUPLICATE links I've gathered over time and from my other BROWSERS, Compter Platforms, and Operating Systems(OS)! Windows and Linux are the OS! it's a mess! I'm afraid I'll Delete some bookmark I want to keep! SIGH!
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  • There's actually another Firefox extension that can find duplicate bookmarks for you--appropriately enough, it's called Bookmark Duplicate Detector.

    However, you can also use http://my.foxmarks.com/ to find duplicates by going to Grid View and sorting by name--from there, select a duplicate you'd like to delete, switch to Classic View (the duplicate will be selected there as well), and you can delete if it's spurious.
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    The problem wuth Bookmark Duplicate Detector is that you have to delete them one at a time. This is a gigantic investment of time to do this if you have thousands of bookmarks from an older computer and want to add them to your new ones without importing bookmarks with exactly the same URL.

    I don't know a whole lot about coding but I would think that it wouldn't be too difficult to have an option that said "merge another HTML file with my existing bookmarks AND ignore duplicate URL's" and did exactly that. This is the very reason I haven't committed to Foxmarks. I simply don't know what to do with the 4 enormous sets of bookmarks I've acquired on different computers over the years.

    This would be a "KILLER, TO DIE FOR FEATURE" to me, not just something that Bookmark Duplicate Detector does, because it doesn't. However, installing it would be a must to KEEP THE ISSUE FROM HAPPENING IN THE FUTURE!

    Thanks for listeding (if anybody from Foxmarks is)...
    • Yep, we're listening. When synchronizing for the first time, Foxmarks does actually do some duplicate merging, so it might be worth a try for you if your bookmarks were based on the same original collection--the same bookmark (same name, etc.) in the same folder hierarchy will generally get merged successfully upon initial sync. Give it a try--if it gets you results you don't like, you can always restore from a Firefox-provided backup.
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  • The Bookmarks Duplicate Detector is fine when you have a half dozen duplicates. But, if you have 3208, as I have managed to get over the last 6 or 8 months, it's a useless piece of trash. I believe the duplicates have arisen out of my synching 3 computers, my desktop, my laptop, and my company PC.

    When I upgraded versions of Firefox (twice) more copies appeared to have been added. This makes the Foxmarks itself a dubious benefit. (Please note: I am being kind...) --

    I will be disabling Foxmarks and trying to see what can be done to remove the dups. Maybe an export to a database application, with no duplicate insertion, followed by an import into a clean bookmarks file.

    Wish me luck ... this has been a waste of time, frustrating, and misleading .... It is NOT a benefit!

    Dexhu, my sympathies. I am with you.
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  • I had the same problem and Foxmarks' people just made fun of me and did nothing to address the problem. Maybe if a few more people report the same problem, they'll finally realize there is a bug in their software and stop blaming the victims.

    Fortunately, on my own, I found a solution: It's called AM-Deadlink and it's free. http://www.aignes.com/deadlink.htm

    It gets rid of *ALL* duplicates, leaving just unique URL. Outstanding...finally, I got rid of the hundreds of duplicates I had, just like you.

    Sadly, it doesn't get rid of the duplicate folders Foxmarks creates.
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    Duriel: your suggestion works like a miracle. Thank You !!!
    I went from 3208 bookmarks down to a legitimate 604. The browser even seems to be running a little faster. Less weight to carry around??? (LOL ...) --
    Thanks for the tip.
    And by the way, to anybody who tries this solution, don't let the server copy of Foxmarks be downloaded or synced back to your local copy, or you will be back to square one. Good luck to you all out there -- this tip from Duriel works!!!
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  • You're very welcome. It certainly helped me solve a major complaint with Foxmarks...though how we can complain about free software is another matter entirely. :)

    Really, though, I just don't see why duplicates aren't very easily detected and rejected. Same path, same URL: Reject. Problem solved. Yet the Foxmark people seem to think this is either rocket science or delusional users.
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