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I have several tens of thousands of bookmarks in Firefox. Whenever I accidentaly hover over the "Bookmarks" entry of Firefox menu in global menu, my whole desktop freezes for half a minute.

Now, I know the obvious solution is "less bookmarks". But that is a workaround. I actually consider this a bug, because when an app cannot handle X amount of Things, it should disallow a user to have more then X things :).

But for now, is there a quickfix?

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closed as off topic by Marco Ceppi Feb 8 '12 at 12:26

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You could organize your bookmarks in folders and subfolders. – enzotib Dec 19 '11 at 9:58
I was afraid that would be the answer. Pity, because that requires me to write some parsers for when I export/sync the bookmarks from my online bookmarking tool. – berkes Dec 23 '11 at 10:40
This question should instead be filed as a bug report, thanks! Instructions here. – Jorge Castro Feb 8 '12 at 4:08

Optimize places.sqlite database. You can do that with BleachBit, an extension or a sqlite3 script.

If that doesn't help, export your bookmarks to a html file using the Import and Backup menu of the Bookmarks Manager (CTRL+SHIFT+O). Then close Firefox, open your profile folder under ~/.mozilla/firefox/xxxx.default/ or something like that, then rename the file places.sqlite to places.sqlite.bak. Open Firefox, import your bookmarks from the html file using the Import and Backup menu.

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Optimizing helps a little. But does not solve the problem. – berkes Dec 23 '11 at 10:40
I have added another option to my reply. – lovinglinux Dec 23 '11 at 23:34
Thanks for all the help. The problem is not that sqlite does not perform well enough or that my database is dirty. The problem is that loading >10.000 bookmarks takes too long; no matter how well my (SSD) system performs nor how clean the database is. – berkes Dec 25 '11 at 11:04

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