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Old 11-13-2004, 04:56 PM   #1
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Firefox - default profile in use


Linux crashed on me recently, i had to do a physical reboot to get back. Now however, firefox won't load. It says "Firefox cannot use the profile "default" because it is in use. Please choose another profile or create a new one."

I do a "ps -A" and firefox-bin is not there! I assume it thinks it is running in the background but I don't know what to do. How do I stop it? THanks for any help!

FYI, here is my output from ps -A
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  PID TTY          TIME CMD
    1 ?        00:00:01 init
    2 ?        00:00:00 ksoftirqd/0
    3 ?        00:00:00 events/0
    4 ?        00:00:00 khelper
    5 ?        00:00:01 kacpid
   20 ?        00:00:00 kblockd/0
   21 ?        00:00:00 khubd
   32 ?        00:00:00 pdflush
   33 ?        00:00:00 pdflush
   34 ?        00:00:00 kswapd0
   35 ?        00:00:00 aio/0
  143 ?        00:00:00 kseriod
  182 ?        00:00:00 kjournald
 1224 ?        00:00:00 kjournald
 1225 ?        00:00:00 kjournald
 1503 ?        00:00:00 cpuspeed
 1715 ?        00:00:00 dhclient
 1754 ?        00:00:00 syslogd
 1758 ?        00:00:00 klogd
 1786 ?        00:00:00 portmap
 1813 ?        00:00:00 rpc.idmapd
 1853 ?        00:00:00 pccardd
 1863 ?        00:00:00 cardmgr
 1905 ?        00:00:00 smartd
 1915 ?        00:00:00 acpid
 1930 ?        00:00:00 xinetd
 1940 ?        00:00:00 gpm
 1964 ?        00:00:00 xfs
 1974 ?        00:00:00 atd
 1993 ?        00:00:00 dbus-daemon-1
 2016 ?        00:00:00 mdadm
 2034 tty1     00:00:00 mingetty
 2035 tty2     00:00:00 mingetty
 2066 tty3     00:00:00 mingetty
 2080 tty4     00:00:00 mingetty
 2110 tty5     00:00:00 mingetty
 2118 tty6     00:00:00 mingetty
 2119 ?        00:00:00 gdm-binary
 2231 ?        00:00:05 gdm-binary
 2242 ?        00:00:54 X
 3309 ?        00:00:00 sh
 3353 ?        00:00:00 ssh-agent
 3359 ?        00:00:00 sh
 3360 ?        00:00:00 xscreensaver
 3363 ?        00:00:00 ssh-agent
 3365 ?        00:00:00 xfce4-session
 3368 ?        00:00:00 xfce-mcs-manage
 3371 ?        00:00:01 xfwm4
 3373 ?        00:00:02 xfdesktop
 3375 ?        00:00:04 xfce4-panel
 3377 ?        00:00:00 xfcalendar
 3408 ?        00:00:00 xterm
 3410 pts/0    00:00:00 bash
 3500 ?        00:00:00 gconfd-2
 3568 ?        00:00:01 gedit
 3570 ?        00:00:00 bonobo-activati
 3571 ?        00:00:00 fam
 3574 pts/0    00:00:00 ps
 
Old 11-13-2004, 05:01 PM   #2
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This happens to me when using either Firefox or sometimes with Thunderbird. If you erase the symbolic link called 'lock' in ~/.mozilla/firefox/default.xxx/ and restart it will start working again.
 
Old 11-13-2004, 05:10 PM   #3
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That worked, thanks hallamigo! What a relief because I depend on firefox to remember a lot of my passwords for me
 
Old 11-13-2004, 05:24 PM   #4
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No problem - I found that this happens with both Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird occasionally if either app is not closed properly - and unfortunately rebooting doesn't work - only the manual deletion of the lock file.
 
  


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