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I'm trying to get the browser history programmatically. Here's what I've done (in python, using sqlite3):

connection = sqlite3.connect('/home/quantka/.mozilla/firefox/35lwme56.profile0/places.sqlite')
cursor.execute("SELECT url FROM moz_places")
history = cursor.fetchall()

This always returns the same 11 results that only include default mozilla sites like "http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/central/", even after I use the browser and go to other websites. I have verified that I am querying the correct profile (I think I checked all the profiles and all of them have the same 11 default sites).

Just for context, I am using the browser to go to websites through mozrepl, I don't think that should cause this problem, but maybe it is?

I have seen this same approach work on a different computer where I have only one profile and browsed using firefox's GUI.


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kinda obvious, but I'd try using the browser to manually make a few history entries, then rerun your script. It's entirely possible mozrepl isn't putting its history in the same (or any) place. –  MattDMo Aug 2 '13 at 18:44
I'd have a hard time doing that since I'm sshing into this machine and I can't seem to get x forwarding to work. I have tried starting firefox from the command line (no mozrepl) on the machine with a url, and that url does not show up in the history. –  quantka Aug 2 '13 at 18:50
is the size/modification time of places.sqlite changing as you use mozrepl? Is it possible the history is being stored in a different table besides moz_places? I'm not sure, kinda grasping at straws here... –  MattDMo Aug 2 '13 at 19:00
Have you thought of using Selenium with Python and seeing if that populates the history properly? –  MattDMo Aug 2 '13 at 19:02
It looks like places.sqlite is not changing size. If I'm going to do something possibly involved like installing stuff, I may as well try harder to get x forwarding to work... –  quantka Aug 2 '13 at 19:13

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