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Safari history limited to 100000 items

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iamsudo Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Oct 11, 2012 9:45 AM

Why is Safari history limited to 100000 items although set to be removed manually? Is it a bug?

This happens in Safari 6.0.1 (8536.26.14) and OS X 10.8.2 but also happened in 10.7 — but it didn’t AFAIR prior to 10.5.

MacBook Air, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8 (43,300 points)
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    Oct 11, 2012 10:56 AM (in response to iamsudo)

    What is your point?

     

    Who in their right minds would want to keep a record of 100,000 URLs!

  • Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8 (43,300 points)
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    Oct 11, 2012 11:19 AM (in response to iamsudo)

    iamsudo wrote:

     

    Klaus1, you could deduce from my post that I intend to keep all web history.

    I did.

     

    I am unaware of any particular limitation of the History file (the question has never been raised before) and I would love to know where you read this.

     

    But if it has I know of no way to circumvent it.

  • Alley_Cat Level 6 Level 6 (16,620 points)
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    Oct 11, 2012 12:06 PM (in response to iamsudo)

    iamsudo wrote:

     

    Klaus1, you could deduce from my post that I intend to keep all web history

    Yours or are you monitoring others?

  • Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8 (43,300 points)
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    Oct 11, 2012 2:48 PM (in response to iamsudo)

    I have done a bit of digging and contributor LeonieDF has come up with this:

     

    How about this:

    http://www.tuaw.com/2008/09/04/terminal-tips-change-safaris-history-limit/

     

    Limit to number of items:

    defaults write com.apple.Safari WebKitHistoryItemLimit 2000

    Limit to number of days:

    defaults write com.apple.Safari WebKitHistoryAgeInDaysLimit 30

    It has been tested and does not balk at 200,000.

     

    So you could try setting it at 1,000,000! Post back in a few years to tell us if it worked!

  • ~Bee Level 7 Level 7 (30,565 points)
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    Oct 11, 2012 6:58 PM (in response to iamsudo)

    Why in the world anyone would want to have keep a history list that long, is a mystery to me.

    Yikes!

     

    I clear mine every day.  One's I want to keep, I bookmark temporariy.

  • Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8 (43,300 points)
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    Oct 12, 2012 8:17 AM (in response to iamsudo)

    1. No idea!

     

    2. Shown in the post I quoted. But I see you have set yours to 1000 years. Should keep you going!

  • Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8 (43,300 points)
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    Oct 12, 2012 10:26 AM (in response to iamsudo)

    For me, the problem is still unsolved.

    Your problem is that you want 1000 years of surfing history. I doubt if anyone else does.

     

    This matter is simply not worth pursuing here.

  • ~Bee Level 7 Level 7 (30,565 points)
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    Oct 12, 2012 10:56 AM (in response to iamsudo)

    sudo --

     

    We're all just individual volunteers here . . . other Mac users helping to share solutions.  We're not staff.   You should be aware that keeping a really long history list can really jam up Safari.  Same for not emptying the cache.

     

    All the best.

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