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Old 07-07-2008, 07:24 PM   #1
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Angry Program still running after being killed

I am using KDE with Linux. I can log into my profile with my setting on different computers. Today I logged into one computer then logged off and back into another and when I tried to open mozilla thunderbird and firefox it told me the program was already running. I have already killed the program numerous ways and it is not running on the task manager. Every time I try to open the program it tells me the program is already running. I have already rebooted the computer. What can be causing this problem?
Old 07-07-2008, 07:55 PM   #2
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Programs in the Mozilla suite control running multiple copies of the same program by using lock files. It looks like Thunderbird and/or Firefox crashed and left a lock file(s) set. Then when you try to start them again the new copy finds a lock set and thinks that there is a copy already running.

To check this out, have no copy of any Mozilla based program running. Use this command to find any errant lock files:

find /home/username/.mozilla -iname "*lock*"

Delete any lock files that you find. Then try starting the program again.

Steve Stites


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