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    deerhake11 NNTP User

    Default Firefox zombie

    I'm running OpenSuse 11 (GNOME) with Firefox 3.

    I can't start Firefox because it says another instance is running.. when I look at the processes via the gui it shows 2 Firefox processes that are zombies. I've rebooted to no avail and I searched to see what to do, and all I've come up with was to kill the parent process - but I don't know what that is (I just switched and am still a linux newb).

    Any help getting rid of these would be apreciated!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Finland, European Union

    Default Re: Firefox zombie

    You don't need to find the "parent process", you can simply open a terminal, then type:

    su -
    killall -9 firefox-bin

    Which will completely murder all processes named firefox-bin - ruthlessly.

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    deerhake11 NNTP User

    Default Re: Firefox zombie

    Thanks for the quick reply.

    I tried what you said and it didn't seem to work. The command produced no output and the 2 processes are still there and I still can't open firefox. Is there anything else I could try?

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    Default Re: Firefox zombie

    A zombie process can't be killed, you were correct in targeting the parent. But hasn't any effect neither, it just consumes a process identificator.
    So there is something else causing your Firefox to no start. Probably configuration... try with "mv ~/.mozilla ~/.mozilla_backup".

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    deerhake11 NNTP User

    Default Re: Firefox zombie

    ahh thanks for the tip, i just assumed it had something to do with the zombies - didn't even think of my profile.

    I actually had my profile set to use the profile on my windows installation and apparently something funny happened the last time I shut down Windows. All it took was a boot into Windows (which I try to avoid doing as much as possible ) and it was fixed.


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