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Old 10-21-2009, 11:41 AM   #1
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Firefox issues with files and .parentlock.

I like to use Firefox. A lot. I love Firefox. I think it is the greatest browser ever made.

Having said that, I've noticed that the latest version, at least on my computer, has a couple BIG problems that I am having troubles with.

First off... firefox has taken to not deleting its .parentlock even after a failure like it used to. This causes Firefox (And to a lesser extent: Thunderbird.) to fool itself into thinking its running and just not responding anymore. This never used to be a problem EVER until Firefox 3.5. Any idea how to fix this? Is there a way to disable .parentlock at all perhaps? Or will I have to stoop to using my crontab to check for a running Firefox and its .parentlock every 5 minutes or so?

I know that deleting .parentlock every time Firefox is incorrectly inferring its running state is a short-term solution, so please don't bother suggesting it.

Next is a MUCH more annoying problem I can't wrap my brain around. Firefox claims that one of its files is in use, usually after I delete a .parentlock, and more or less PERMANENTLY disables my bookmarks (Restarting Firefox does NOT resolve this issue. ) I'm pretty sure NOTHING is using any Firefox files, and I can't find any solutions here or on Google. Is there another lockfile I need to keep an eye out for the Firefox is irresponsible with that makes it think something else is using my Mozilla files?

There is one other annoyance problem Firefox is suffering. Sometimes when I tell it to qit, it closes the window and acts like it quits... but then it takes a little more CPU and doesn't actually terminate. This also results in Firefox saying its still running (In this case, it is correct.) and is quickly cleared up with a killall aimed at Firefox.

The first problem is just an annoyance, as is the second. But disabling my bookmarks because Firefox believes falsely that something is being used is a dealbreaker, and I might have to switch to Konquerer.

Could it also be that the Arch Linux Firefox is just a lousy build?

Last edited by Yaro; 10-21-2009 at 11:43 AM.
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I was running FF 3.5 and recently upgraded to FF 3.5.3 and haven't seen the issues you describe. I downloaded directly from Mozilla and did the install on my CentOS 5 box since they don't have a build for FF themselves so maybe it is a lousy build from Arch.


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