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    Default Firefox is broken/will not start

    Hi, when I click the Firefox icon the pointer will go into it's usual clock/idle timer mode but the browser never opens.

    I have tried reinstalling Firefox from yast, have killed all Firefox processes, I have tried starting it from the command line, and I have tried a reboot.

    you see the process is running but not browser window
    # ps -ef | grep firefox
    root 7906 1 0 Jan14 ? 00:00:00 /bin/sh /usr/bin/firefox
    root 7911 7906 0 Jan14 ? 00:00:00 /usr/lib/firefox/firefox
    root 9981 9961 0 13:46 pts/0 00:00:00 grep firefox
    Thanks

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    Default Re: Firefox is broken/will not start

    Why are you running Firefox as root?

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    Default Re: Firefox is broken/will not start

    lol . During my trouble shooting I have also tried running it as root.

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    Default Re: Firefox is broken/will not start

    Blue Lizard wrote:
    > lol . During my trouble shooting I have also tried running it as
    > root.


    trouble shooting by running as root is TROUBLE alright...

    a good way to get rooted.

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    palladium

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    Default Re: Firefox is broken/will not start

    Is there any output running Firefox from the terminal? Also try running FF in a different user account (not root). If that works, rename the '~/.mozilla' directory in your account, and then see if you can launch FF.

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    Default Re: Firefox is broken/will not start

    The output as a user that is not root is nothing, it is just a blinking cursor. That is why I am very puzzeled, there is nothing in the /var/log/messages either.

    I tried renaming ~/.mozilla and then restarting no luck.

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    Default Re: Firefox is broken/will not start

    What version of Firefox/openSUSE do you have? Did you install Firefox from the repos, or did you download it from the Mozilla website?

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    Default Re: Firefox is broken/will not start

    from the repos. version is 3.5.6-1.1.1

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    Default Re: Firefox is broken/will not start

    And openSUSE?

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    Default Re: Firefox is broken/will not start

    Do you have some plugins installed? like mplayer for FF.
    If yes, some time it broke FF, you can try to run FF after uninstalling that plugin.

    Just a guess.
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