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    Default Can't run firefox anymore

    I'm running 11.3 with KDE. I'm not sure when this happened, but I can no
    longer run firefox.

    If I click on the firefox icon, the bouncing icon appears, runs for a minute
    and then disappears. If I actually type in /usr/bin/firefox, nothing happens,
    and I get the prompt back in a fraction of a second.

    I note that /usr/bin/firefox is a softlink to /usr/lib/firefox/firefox.sh which
    apparently runs the _actual_ executable: /usr/lib/firefox/firefox. I tried
    running that directly with exactly the same result.

    I can run firefox normally if logged in as root. I can also run it via
    /usr/bin/firefox and /usr/lib/firefox/firefox.

    I tried uninstalling, reinstalling firefox. No change. I'm running 3.10.xxxx and
    the problem _may_ have started with a recent update to 3.10 , but I can't
    be certain.

    I downloaded firefox 4.0 beta and it works, but it doesn't support many addons
    (like flash), so it's not very useful to me.

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    Default Re: Can't run firefox anymore

    maybe try removing your .mozilla directory:

    Code:
    rm -r ~/.mozilla
    Then see if firefox launches
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    Default Re: Can't run firefox anymore

    Yup -- that fixed the problem. But _what_ did I delete by removing the directory
    that could have caused the problem in the first place??

    Thanks

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    Default Re: Can't run firefox anymore

    the .mozilla directory stores all your cookies and history and things like that. I had a similar problem a while ago (Don't know what caused it) but removing the .mozilla directory fixed it.
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    Default Re: Can't run firefox anymore

    BTW never ever run FF as root. This is a big security hole.

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    Default Re: Can't run firefox anymore

    Quote Originally Posted by gogalthorp View Post
    BTW never ever run FF as root. This is a big security hole.
    Ok thanks for info
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    Default Re: Can't run firefox anymore

    If you want to test create a new user level account. This will prove or disprove that the problem is in inauguration files local to the user,

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    Default Re: Can't run firefox anymore

    A good way to keep that from happening again:
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    Default Re: Can't run firefox anymore

    Quote Originally Posted by Sagemta View Post
    A good way to keep that from happening again:
    And just to add to that - This will clear all your history every time firefox closes so if you want to save URL's that you browsed in your history add it to your bookmarks
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