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    Default Firefox won't start as non-root

    This is my first openSUSE install, after a few years with Mandriva. Everything seemed to be going well, openSUSE 11.2 RC1 x64, KDE 4.3.1. Installed Flash x64 alpha and everything seemed to be working fine. Then after a number of days, firefox (and consequently Songbird) wouldn't open.

    There are a number of similar posts across the net and as a result I've tried:

    Reapplying permissions on ~/.mozilla
    Deleting ~./mozilla
    Reinstalling Firefox
    Reinstalling GTK and gconf2
    Removing Flash and running firefox -safe-mode

    Nothing has worked. Running from root works fine. Running from the icon creates some disk activity and creates two processes but no Browser windows appears. Running from the terminal doesn't create any processes or give ANY feedback at the console.

    Without any errors, I'm lost what to do next. Any suggestions would be welcome.

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    Default Re: Firefox won't start as non-root

    Did you try a delete of .mozilla or re-name it .mozilla_old

    Try starting FF from a terminal: firefox

    what is the output in terminal
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    Thanks for the quick reply. I think I must be using the right distro since the first reply to my first port here on the forums comes from a few miles down the road in the lakes!

    Tried renaming and deleting ~/.mozilla and there is absolutely no output when you run from the terminal. Thats's what is so confusing.

    I'm going to try adding the user to the root group, to test if its permissions.

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    No, adding to the root group had no effect.

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    > Any suggestions would be welcome.

    the lions share of testers post and receive helpful info in the forum
    set up especially for software which has not yet reached its release date:

    http://forums.opensuse.org/pre-release-beta/

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    inheritthewind wrote:

    > Without any errors, I'm lost what to do next. Any suggestions would be
    > welcome.


    Create a new user and try launching with that.

    Greetings,

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    @inheritthewind
    Nice to know you are close by.

    I hope I don't interpret correctly from your comments that you might have been logging in as root. Or is it just running from a su terminal? Logging in as root is a No No.

    Might I ask where songbird came from? And are you running FF from Factory or is it from the default install. As a browser in the meantime I guess you could install opera.
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    @caf4926

    No, su'ing to root from the terminal. Firefox is default 11.2RC1, Songbird is from packman. Both were working perfectly for a week.
    I actually use opera, but my wife prefers firefox and I would need it for Songbird anyway.

    @Camalen

    Created another user and Firefox starts without any problems!

    So what else is in ~/ that could stop it from running apart from ~/.mozilla ??

    Thanks for all your help so far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by inheritthewind View Post
    Thanks for the quick reply. I think I must be using the right distro since the first reply to my first port here on the forums comes from a few miles down the road in the lakes!

    Tried renaming and deleting ~/.mozilla and there is absolutely no output when you run from the terminal. Thats's what is so confusing.
    Install the package "MozillaFirefox-debuginfo." Then, from a terminal, run

    firefox --debug

    Post the output here.

    I'm going to try adding the user to the root group, to test if its permissions.
    Do you mean you escalated your account to root? Please undo this. As caf says, never log into an X session as root.

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    In dolphin go to the FF Icon on in the Desktop and open with kwrite.

    Mine is like this:
    Code:
    [Desktop Entry]
    X-SuSE-translate=true
    Categories=Application;Network;WebBrowser;X-Ximian-Main;X-Ximian-Toplevel;
    Name=Firefox
    Comment=Web Browser
    TryExec=firefox
    Exec=firefox %u
    Icon=firefox
    Terminal=false
    MimeType=text/html;application/xhtml+xml
    Type=Application
    OnlyShowIn=KDE;
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