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Old 07-30-2009, 02:36 PM   #1
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Question Firefox and Wine silently fail to open - where do find an error report?


Firefox 3.1 beta 3 won't load. When I open the application, the little bouncy icon bounces, and the task manager shows "Firefox Web Browser", but this only stays this way for about 15 seconds then just goes away. No error or anything.

I've had this identical problem when I try to open certain programs with Wine too. Is there some place I can find a detailed error report on these failures?
 
Old 07-30-2009, 02:38 PM   #2
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Try running them from a terminal.
 
Old 07-31-2009, 12:13 AM   #3
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Yup, that's it.
Don't know why I didn't think of it. !!
 
Old 07-31-2009, 12:43 AM   #4
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It's a good solution, but, unfortunately, doesn't always work. Some newer software is written without regard for that convention of *nix software, sort of like how some software these days doesn't include a manpage or a --help option. How are we supposed to figure out how to run that crap?
 
Old 07-31-2009, 02:12 AM   #5
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@karamarisan:

Sometimes it may be that the devs have simply decided to not clutter STDOUT with errors and send them all to STDERR. a simple ./program 2> /home/user/logfile might give you what you're looking for if you run into that.

Cheers :-)
 
Old 07-31-2009, 03:24 AM   #6
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Ah, true, but I know the difference between the two - I didn't say anything about using redirection to check output. I really do see a trend of software ignoring these important parts of running on a *nix system. Just me being a young old fart, I suppose.
 
Old 07-31-2009, 11:36 AM   #7
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yes, I can't say I'm oblivious to these trends either. Just trying to be helpful, that's all :-).
 
Old 07-31-2009, 11:40 AM   #8
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You can use ltrace or strace. Look at the output beginning from the end, and see if you can see where the error occurred.
 
  


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