Editing cookies with Firefox & WebDeveloper add-on...

New Here ,
Feb 18, 2009 Feb 18, 2009

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I want to edit them so that that don't expire when you close your browser.

I had done it before, but something about the new cookies seem to prevent it.

I'll keep on working at it. When and if I get it figured out, I'll post the directions in a reply to this thread.

In the meantime...if you're using Firefox, and you want to be prepared, go get Chris Pedericks' excellent add-on, go to the following link:
http://chrispederick.com/work/web-developer/

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New Here ,
Feb 18, 2009 Feb 18, 2009

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jus' so long as you also drop in a phone number or something people can call for support when it doesn't work...

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New Here ,
Feb 18, 2009 Feb 18, 2009

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If people are tinkerish enough to want to edit the cookies, and they go get the Firefox add-on in order to do so, they ought to also be clever enough to reverse their experimentation.

At the very worst, one just needs to ditch them outright and let the forum script install fresh new ones.

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Enthusiast ,
Feb 18, 2009 Feb 18, 2009

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you mean there's actual support somewhere?!! :)

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New Here ,
Feb 18, 2009 Feb 18, 2009

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nah... I just wanted Phos's number... and to not hear from people that mess it up worse.

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Enthusiast ,
Feb 19, 2009 Feb 19, 2009

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>and to not hear from people that mess it up worse.

nah. like he said, if you mess something up, you delete the cookie and reload the page...

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Participant ,
Feb 19, 2009 Feb 19, 2009

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Can you change a temporary cookie? I suspect that whatever you change will be over-written when the software writes a cookie out at the end of session (or whenever it is writing one).

The past cookie you were able to change might have been a permanent one (i.e., with a date far into the future), and software might not have been set to overwrite it.

It has been too many years since I programmed cookies, but I'm not entirely sure that editing is going to be possible if the software is set to automatically write them.

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New Here ,
Feb 19, 2009 Feb 19, 2009

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So Far I'm not having to sign in every time on my Laptop Powerbook 17"

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Explorer ,
Feb 19, 2009 Feb 19, 2009

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Yeah but what about your cookies, Phil?

Try to stay on topic, cowboy!

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New Here ,
Feb 19, 2009 Feb 19, 2009

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What do you need, Phos? Do you want me to go to Cookies>View Cookies Information> & Copy/Paste the info here?

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Explorer ,
Feb 19, 2009 Feb 19, 2009

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That's exactly what I want to have a look at, Jason.

If you just want to do a screen grab and send that, that'll be fine.

Thanks.

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New Here ,
Feb 19, 2009 Feb 19, 2009

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You betcha! It'll be a PNG image. Sending it over to ya during my lunch break (bout an hour or so from now.) Hope it helps! :)

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Explorer ,
Feb 19, 2009 Feb 19, 2009

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Just to be absolutely clear on what I'm after:

The cookie info will only be worth having if it's from a system that allows you to quit Firefox, then re-launch and return to these forums without being required to log in.

I don't know if I'll be able to glean anything useful, but it'll be interesting to me to try to find out anyway.

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Advocate ,
Feb 19, 2009 Feb 19, 2009

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I can do that - is this what you mean? (Hmmm, didn't work before for Safari, had to log-in after browser-quit).

Anyway:

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Explorer ,
Feb 19, 2009 Feb 19, 2009

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You should have 3 cookies when you look at the cookie info for the thread index of this forum. (According to WebDeveloper, anyway)

Always wished there was some way to decipher or look up on the host site what the "Content:" value was supposed to convey.

It's not that huge of a deal (In most cases, I hope), but it's always felt kind of covertly suspicious to me that we can't know what any cookie does, exactly, when it's on OUR systems, influencing and exerting control over OUR experiences.

If I ruled the web, cookie information, value parsing, and all behaviorswith plain-language interpretationswould be something every site that uses them would be required by law to make conspicuously available to visitors.

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Enthusiast ,
Feb 19, 2009 Feb 19, 2009

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>If I ruled the web, cookie information, value parsing, and all behaviorswith plain-language interpretationswould be something every site that uses them would be required by law to make conspicuously available to visitors.

remind me not to shop with a credit card on your web. :P

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Explorer ,
Feb 19, 2009 Feb 19, 2009

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The cookie info I speak of should be visible to each of us, individually, not to OTHER users, unless the values and behaviors for that cookie is something generic or common to all visitors who accept the cookie(s) from a particular site.

I want to know what info the cookies on MY system contain, and what behaviors they exhibit...on MY system. I don't care about what the cookies do on somebody else's system.

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New Here ,
Feb 19, 2009 Feb 19, 2009

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I don't wish to share my cookies with others. If they were decipherable by just anyone. Then just anyone could alter them to do all kinds of Damage. We already have nough problem on the internet with Active-X controls.

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Explorer ,
Feb 19, 2009 Feb 19, 2009

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Geesh. Quit while you're behind, Phil.

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Participant ,
Feb 20, 2009 Feb 20, 2009

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How is someone going to alter a cookie that is stored on your machine ... if someone can access your computer remotely, you have way bigger problems than a bad cookie (which is a harmless text file that cannot run code).

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New Here ,
Mar 06, 2009 Mar 06, 2009

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it just a simple cookie ,delete with the firefox options will solve the problem and for safer access set the security and advance future networks setting to secure the browser

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Enthusiast ,
Mar 06, 2009 Mar 06, 2009

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o.O

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Advocate ,
Mar 06, 2009 Mar 06, 2009

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Spammer. Check the profile.

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Mar 06, 2009 Mar 06, 2009

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