The data being duplicated in Zeitgeist's database is a design decision
that is unlikely to change anytime soon.

Stuff like "Forget about this site", Private Browsing and possibly
synced history should be handled by the extension (it's a bug if it
doesn't) and 5. could be considered as a one-time option in the
extension (actually an older version of the extension supported that).

Deleting after a certain number of names is not something planned for
Zeitgeist, since the goal is to get as much data as possible (so that
relevancy algorithms can be applied to the data). If Firefox removes old
history, then that's one more reason to copy it into our database.

** Changed in: zeitgeist-dataproviders
       Status: New => Won't Fix

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Firefox data source duplicates information from Firefox's own history database
https://bugs.launchpad.net/bugs/658833
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Status in Zeitgeist Data-Sources: Won't Fix

Bug description:
The Firefox data source for Zeitgeist causes Firefox history data to be stored 
in two separate places: Firefox's history database, and the Zeitgeist log. This 
could cause a few issues:
1. Firefox history takes more disk space on a computer with the Zeitgeist 
extension
2. Firefox and Zeitgeist will likely have separate behaviors and rules for 
clearing internet history (deleting after a set number of days, "Forget About 
This Site", Private Browsing, Clear Recent History)
3. Two different user interfaces for working with history
4. History synced over Firefox Sync not imported when the user may wish it to 
be imported.
5. History generated before the user installs the Zeitgeist extension is never 
logged by Zeitgeist.
6. Issues #2, #4, and/or #5 could cause the data in Zeitgeist to be different 
from the data in Firefox. This could mean a user searches the Zeitgeist history 
for something that's only found in Firefox history or vice-versa. It could also 
mean the same query could have largely-different search results in Sezen and 
the Firefox "Awesomebar" even though the two have very similar functionality 
(Site A could be near the top on one but Site B almost completely hides Site A 
results on the other).

The data source could, instead, provide Zeitgeist with an interface to Firefox 
history, even telling Zeitgeist where the history database is found, and 
recording (in the Zeitgeist log) extra data specific to Zeitgeist that Firefox 
doesn't capture.

This probably affects the Chrome data source as well. 




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