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Old 02-29-2004, 11:35 AM   #1
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Angry Mozilla won't start ?!


I am running slackware 9.1 with a vnc client to access my gnome desktop. It has worked well until recently.

I am trying to open Mozilla from the shortcut on my desktop, but when I doubleclick the icon, the "Mozilla Profile Manager" appears instead. There is one profile, "Default." The instructions are to choose a profile and click "Start Mozilla" to begin. Unfortunately, when I do this, it does not do anything. It does not lock up, It just looks as if I did not just click the "Start Mozilla" button.

Methinks I need to restart Mozilla, but I have rebooted, restarted gnome and vncserver, and it still does the same thing.

Is there anybody having the same problem? Does anybody know the answer to this and life's persistent questions?
 
Old 02-29-2004, 11:46 AM   #2
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Sounds like Mozilla must have crashed once, and therefore not closed cleanly. In your home directory will be a hidden directory called .mozilla . Down a couple directories, you'll prob'ly find a file called lock. Delete that, and you should be good-to-go. It doesn't contain anything, it just keeps you from starting Mozilla twice.
 
Old 02-29-2004, 11:46 AM   #3
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hmm thats good then. i usually end up just making another account. thanks!
 
Old 02-29-2004, 01:56 PM   #4
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I don't know where this lock file is. I did a search on it and although there are many lock files, there are none in the /root/.mozilla directory
 
Old 02-29-2004, 04:37 PM   #5
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I get that error when I've loaded one instance of Moz, and then try to load the app again. You have go to the open Moz window and do a Ctrl N for New Window.

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Old 02-29-2004, 06:15 PM   #6
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There isn't an open moz window.
 
Old 02-29-2004, 06:18 PM   #7
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I had the same problem on Slackware 9.1. Couldn't sort it so installed Firefox/Thunderbird instead.
 
Old 02-29-2004, 06:37 PM   #8
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That's an excellent solution! If you can't solve a problem, just ignore it and hope it goes away! This may be why Internet Explorer is still in existance!
 
Old 03-01-2004, 01:41 AM   #9
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Does 'ps aux | grep -i moz' turn up anything? Sometimes apps can disappear but still be running. Positive there's no lock file in ~/.mozilla/default/<random-string>.slt/ or anywhere similar? (You said not, but maybe poking around wouldn't hurt. 'find .mozilla/ -iname lock' or whatever?

Possibly try starting mozilla different ways. There's a couple of different scripts and the .bin file itself. Start it from the current directory or others; CLI, GUI. Whatever. There's also some environment variables that may need to be set such as MOZILLA_FIVE_HOME or some such. I don't have them set, but sometimes they're needed. (The precise info on this is probably somewhere at mozilla.org or in docs on your box.)

And I wouldn't be so sarcastic with Chris H - I agree with you, but he was being helpful.
 
Old 03-01-2004, 01:42 PM   #10
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Hehe, more than one way to skin a cat in linux
 
Old 03-01-2004, 02:18 PM   #11
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ps aux | grep -i moz brings up the following

root 1857 0.0 0.1 1480 464 pts/1 S 15:17 0:00 grep -i moz

Unfortunately, the pid changes with each change I ps, so I can't kill the process.

Define Similar? There aren't that many directories there... The lock file isn't IN any of them.

Telling me to start mozilla different ways is like telling me how to breathe different ways. It doesn't work that way, unless of course you would like to bother being specific.

Variables? This is a web browser and not a large compiler. Why should a web browser not be able to find its own variables? Why does a lack of variables make my browser not start all of the sudden?!

Chris H. - Keep your cat to yourself.
 
Old 03-01-2004, 02:30 PM   #12
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I hope you get it sorted. It beat me.
 
Old 03-01-2004, 05:39 PM   #13
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Quote:
Originally posted by silversky
ps aux | grep -i moz brings up the following

root 1857 0.0 0.1 1480 464 pts/1 S 15:17 0:00 grep -i moz

Unfortunately, the pid changes with each change I ps, so I can't kill the process.

Define Similar? There aren't that many directories there... The lock file isn't IN any of them.

Telling me to start mozilla different ways is like telling me how to breathe different ways. It doesn't work that way, unless of course you would like to bother being specific.

Variables? This is a web browser and not a large compiler. Why should a web browser not be able to find its own variables? Why does a lack of variables make my browser not start all of the sudden?!

Chris H. - Keep your cat to yourself.
Okay - that's just the grep process showing up, not mozilla. So you're right that there's no sneaky instance of mozilla running around.

I didn't have anything specific in mind by 'similar'. I can't remember how the directory structure gets set up in mozilla with multiple accounts. I only have one, so my lock file is where I said. If you have multiple accounts I'd hazard there could be lock files in the corresponding places for those other accounts.

Well, I thought I was giving the idea, but maybe not. The problem is I have three mozillas in different places and start it in yet another way or two. My default mozilla came like

/usr/lib/mozilla-1.4/mozilla-bin
/usr/lib/mozilla-1.4/run-mozilla.sh
/usr/bin/mozilla

So you can issue a command specifying the full path to those and see what happens, or cd to those directory and do the './command' thing. How I actually usually start it is from a symlink that points to ~/bin/mozilla/mozilla where 1.6 lives.

I'm not sure why mozilla needs the variables. It's a very complicated app and it keeps its binary in lib and has a zillion directories for things. I guess it can be built different ways and all those things can end up in different places so it has to have some way of keeping track of where all the parts of the lizard are. You say 'all of a sudden' - have you made any system modifications or mods to your configs like your shell? If you can track down anything that changed, that may be the solution.

It also may not be a mozilla issue but the vnc thing. I know nothing about that. (I know very little about any of this - I don't have a solution but I'm hoping some of these suggestions give you ideas for solutions.)
 
  


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