-   Linux - Software (
-   -   Firefox 12 issues (

fkasmani 05-23-2012 06:18 AM

Firefox 12 issues
I've got Firefox 12 installed on my Linux Mint 12 and while all was OK, it's now been giving me a real hard time for the past few weeks and I believe it's to do with TabsGroup Manager.

Just to list the issues:
  • Doesn't store login cookies - eg I need to log into gmail everytime I start firefox even though I always select 'remember me'
  • I can't select any other tab groups from the groups listed on top - while all groups are listed, clicking on another groups doesn't switch to it
  • Most of the times I can't close a tab - the tab just remains there and clicking on it after closing, displayes the tab next to it
  • I can't close any of the tab groups
  • I can't shift to other previously stored sessions in TabsGroup Manager - doing so would only open a new empty tab group
  • I can't backup any tabgroups - I can only right-click once on a tab group to get a little menu. Right-clicking again doesn't do anything
  • Back and Forward buttons are blank
  • Bookmarks/History are all blank & I can't even bookmark tabs
  • and the list continues.....
I've tried uninstalling TabsGroup Manager, restarting the PC and then re-installing TabsGroup Manager but all the problems restore.

I've also tried uninstalling Firefox, rebooting the PC and re-installing Firefox but again it just seems to be bringing up the previously installed version as I see synaptic telling me 0MB will be downloaded.

How would I be able to do a complete removal of Firefox so no configuration files remain?

Oh ya! just something I remembered - the problem came about when I did an fsck command from grub cos at that time my PC was having freezing or rebooting issues. Since that time, even Glipper (the clipboard manager) has had issues - while it loads as a startup application and is present in memory, the icon does not appear in the taksbar and thus is pretty much unsable - same thing here too,, re-installing only loads the previous dodgy configuration.

Any suggestions, pls?

nixblog 05-23-2012 07:11 AM


Originally Posted by fkasmani (Post 4685482)
How would I be able to do a complete removal of Firefox so no configuration files remain?

Rename or delete the .mozilla folder in your home directory - restarting firefox creates a new .mozilla config folder.

To actually reinstall firefox,


apt-get clean

apt-get purge firefox

apt-get update && apt-get upgrade

apt-get install firefox

The above cleans the local apt repository cache, gets rid of firefox, updates repository info and upgrades any packages that need upgrading and finally reinstalls firefox.

craigevil 05-23-2012 07:15 AM

Sounds like you have more problems than just Firefox not working correctly.

Open Firefox in safemode, if the problem still persists follow the steps in the post above mine.

In a terminal

firefox -safe-mode

fkasmani 05-23-2012 04:23 PM


Originally Posted by nixblog (Post 4685502)
Rename or delete the .mozilla folder in your home directory - restarting firefox creates a new .mozilla config folder.

I did this and all seemed to be working perfectly fine but suddenly firefox closed by itself and the top and bottom menus bars disapeared.The desktop theme changed and I was logged out of my desktop session and taken to the Linux Mint login screen.

Now when I try to log into my Linux Mint a/c, it just begins the login proceedure and logs me out again. I tried using gnome classic but no luck. I tried using MATE and it tries to log me in and just remains like that forever. Other user a/c's like root or guest can login fine.:banghead:

nixblog 05-23-2012 05:30 PM

I'm beginning to think Linux Mint is trying to be a wee bit too much of everything and stretching itself too far. I assume you are using the standard Mint 12 based on Ubuntu. If you like Mint 12 then I would suggest trying Linux Mint Debian Edition XFCE. Multiple desktop environments such as Cinnamon, MATE etc can lead to issues now and again. With your themes changing suddenly I would guess there is a conflict between Gnome/Cinnamon and MATE - I got something similar a while back when I installed Gnome (S)hell along with my native XFCE environment. My theme would change in an XFCE session and when I went to change it back I got the Gnome desktop settings window instead of the XFCE one! Gnome Shell just took over until a logout or restart!

I really think Mint should use LMDE XFCE as their default offering...

EDIT: Mint have just released version 13 so you may want to give that a go maybe -

sundialsvcs 05-23-2012 10:16 PM

That'll teach 'ya to upgrade Firefox anytime it says it wants to! By next week (no later, I am sure...) they'll be at Firefox 13; or maybe they'll skip that number as "unlucky." Anyhow, two days later it'll be another major-release number, and then, just three hours after that... :rolleyes:

nixblog 05-23-2012 11:11 PM

And then flash will be out of date with no more updates from Adobe, so then we will all have to install Google Chrome... Guess its back to lynx

fkasmani 05-24-2012 04:41 AM

On a serious note, I always keep my PC up-to-date and truly Firefox has never asked for any update, yet I can see I'm using v.12

Isn't it possible to remove MATE using synaptic? I checked there and see Cinnamon is not installed.

How can I go about and get my user a/c to be able to log in correctly?
I would really want to stick to Gnome 3 - I like the interface.

pleeeese heeelp :eek:

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:22 PM.