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Old 09-08-2004, 05:44 PM   #1
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Firefox Won't Work as a Normal User

When I try to launch Mozilla Firefox by typing 'firefox' as a normal user, nothing happens and I am returned to the command prompt. Lately I have been launching it as root, which works fine, by typing:
'kdesu -c firefox'
However, I understand that running GUI programs as root can be dangerous. If this is true I would appreciate some help on how to fix this problem.

I did have the same issue with Mozilla Thunderbird, so I started to run that as root too. The trouble is, I have now discovered that Thunderbird does work as a normal user, so how (if this is necessary) do I transfer the mail and account settings in my root account into the normal user account?
Old 09-08-2004, 05:50 PM   #2
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I remember this being an issue a few releases ago with Firefox. Are you using the latest version?
Old 09-08-2004, 05:50 PM   #3
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It states you have to run firefox as root once when you install it. Have you tried it as a normal user since?
Old 09-09-2004, 03:14 PM   #4
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I have definitely tried it as a normal user many times, but the program does not run. I'm using version 0.8.

Any thoughts about how to transfer mail/settings from root Thunderbird to normal user?


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