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Old 12-09-2012, 11:26 AM   #1
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Iceweasel/Google permissions issue

Upgraded some time ago, amongst other packages, iceweasel from the backport-branch from 16xxx to 17xxx via aptitude. All dependencies, according to aptitude, were fulfilled. And now I have a problem.
When doing as *user*! a Google-search for whatever theme, I get the first page with the results flawlessly, but when I then click on NEXT or page 2, the text is getting dull and no action happens further. Whatever I click, the page stays at 1 and dulled. Iceweasel does not hang, because when I enter another search-theme or webadress, it reacts as usual. Only paging in a result-text still stays with the dull effect. Using YAHOO or BING does NOT show this effect, I can jump from page to page perfectly.
If I start iceweasel as root - be it via sux in my user-environment or in a separate root-terminal - this dulling- and no-scrolling-effect is gone!
Clearly, I think, I as *user* do not have permission to use one or more files, that Google needs for its scrolling. But where and in what package(s) to search for this missing permission?
Reinstalling iceweasel, xulrunner and mozjsd didn't solve my problem.
Any ideas?
Thanks and regards.
Old 12-16-2012, 03:57 AM   #2
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Your issue most likely does not have to do with permission issues, but with some problems in the profile/cache.

1. A package is installed in folders such /usr/ or other root-owned folders such as /opt. The user has no write permissions there only read.
2. The user launches the program -> a profile directory is created in the users home folder - this holds everything that can be changed by the user - customizations, history, cache etc.

Iceweasel uses the $HOME/.mozilla/firefox directory as its profile. So, if you have trouble, just rename/delete that directory and see if the problem persists.

1. Iceweasel will start as the first time, meaning, you will not have your bookmarks, saved passwords etc available. A new profile directory will be created with the default settings.

Thats why is best to rename the profile folder (if you rename it back, you will have everything back just as before).

2. Accessing the .mozilla directory (notice the dot) via a file manager implies the "View hidden files" option enabled as directories/files beginning with the dot character are interpreted as hidden under Linux.

Last edited by gradinaruvasile; 12-16-2012 at 04:00 AM.
Old 12-27-2012, 04:28 PM   #3
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most like it is an extension causing the issue. Try starting IW in safemode then start your extensions one at a time.

I had the same problem, solved it by switching to Startpage rather then using Google.
Old 01-09-2013, 11:21 AM   #4
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Originally Posted by craigevil View Post
most like it is an extension causing the issue.
Thank you - and also gradinaruvasile - for yor replies. After installing a new version of libnspr4 IW and Google were friends again.


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