8 Replies Latest reply: Nov 27, 2006 6:06 PM by Reggie Ashworth
nodesign Level 1 Level 1
After many months of trouble free function, Safari suddenly will not open to previously set window size, position, etc. Also, changes made to bookmarks (deletion of unwanted folders, bookmarks bar, etc,) will reappear upon opening.

G4 Power PC, Mac OS X (10.3.9)
  • Reggie Ashworth Level 3 Level 3
    Hi nodesign!

    Hmmm...you could try to delete you com.apple.Safari.plist and see if that will do the trick! Let us know...

    Reg
  • nodesign Level 1 Level 1
    Tried your suggestion, but could find no file labeled com.apple.Safari.plist, even with a 'find' search. I did try deleting bookmarks.plist, but lost the 'Favorites' folder and had to replace the new .plist with the one I removed in order to restore the 'Favorites' folder. This of course left me with the old problem as well.
    The folder I found containing the above .plists was located in the Library Safari folder with other prefs, but no 'Safari' .plist. Is this normal?
    Don't know what to try next.
  • Reggie Ashworth Level 3 Level 3
    Hi nodesign!

    Maybe because you're on Panther...try to search for "safari.plist" and see if it finds anything? Or the long way is to search "safari" and fine it that way. I don't have Panther in front of me right now so I can't check the exact name. It should be located in your Home > Library > Preferences folder if you look manually. Yes the bookmarks.plist contains your favorites...

    Actually on Panther I thought the name is the same so hopefully you should find it...Let me know!

    Reg
  • nodesign Level 1 Level 1
    Still no luck locating safari.plist.
    Do I need to re-install, and if so from the original disk, and then upgrade, or is there a better way? I don't want to lose all my info in Bookmarks, address book, etc.
    Or, am I better off dumping Safari and using a more widely accepted browser like FireFox?
  • Reggie Ashworth Level 3 Level 3
    Hi nodesign!

    Sorry for the delay...it doesn't make sense about the plist...maybe that's the problem? Have you tried to change any preferences recently? If not can you try to change a few...maybe tabs or anything...and then see if that plist will appear? Without a plist there's no place for Safari to store it's preferences. It should be creating it automatically though...nothing you should have to worry about...

    Firefox is a little more widely accepted...but still there should be no reason for this issue with your Safari as it's not a compatibility issue with websites but more of a preferences issue...

    Let me know and I will work on finding a way for you to get your settings back!

    Reg
  • nodesign Level 1 Level 1
    Call it weird, call it wacky, but last week I downloaded Safari 1.3.2, which is the latest version I can use with OS 10.3.9. I did not install it yet because at the very same time (as I was copying the Bookmarks.plist to restore once the app was re-installed) Safari started to remember my settings, and changes to the bookmarks. This is indeed a mystery!
    And, by the way, there still is no file for safari.plist. The only files in the Safari folder located at Home>Library>Safari are: Bookmarks.plist, Downloads.plist, Form Values, History.plist, and Icons folder.
    One reason I asked about FireFox is that some sites, such as 'mymedicare' will not accept Safari as a browser, so I have no way to participate in benefits of that site. Would it be advisable to install both browsers and switch as needed?
    Thanks for your help and concern!
  • iBod Level 7 Level 7
    Hi,

    And, by the way, there still is no file for safari.plist. The only files in the Safari folder located at Home>Library>Safari are: Bookmarks.plist, Downloads.plist, Form Values, History.plist, and Icons folder.


    I think you need to re-read Reggie's post above

    The com.apple.Safari.plist file is stored under:

    /Users/YourUsername/Library/Preferences/

    Hobbes
  • Reggie Ashworth Level 3 Level 3
    Hi again nodesign!

    Ok it seems that Safari is remembering your preferences now which is great! Yes as iBod pointed out it's in your Preferences folder. Sometimes when things get out of whack you can solve it by deleting the plist, assuming it's a preferences issue. When you applied the update it probably updated it or created a new one so you're back to normal...

    Now compatibility is another issue. On the internet the general priority out for webdesigners it seems is Internet Explorer on Windows, Firefox, then Safari. When you have issues it's normally because the webdesigner did not make the site compatible with browsers other than IE on Windows and maybe Firefox. That is changing quickly but there are a few sites out there that can give problems on Safari. Sometimes even on Firefox. What I could suggest is first keep your Safari updated...like you just did. Since you are on Panther you can't use Safari 2 as that is part of Tiger. Next I think most people keep another browser for the times Safari might not work as well. Personally I use Camino (which is Firefox for Mac basically) when I need to. Sometimes the big sites (Yahoo, Google, etc.) can be guilty of not being compatible on multiple browsers...so to answer your question yes it's advisable...

    Ok glad to help!

    Reg