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Old 03-16-2005, 01:57 AM   #1
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Multiple browser profiles during multiple xsessions. Necessary?

Thanks for reading.

Firefox wants multiple profiles for different WM's
Feelin' cautious 'bout change

Right now I'm running Enlightenment 0.16 in one Xsession and KDE 3.3.2 in another. I'm trying to learn E as much as possible while still (necessarily) allowing myself the windoze-bred habits that allow me to manipulate KDE easily.* So it's nice to have browsers open in both sessions at the same time. So I've tried to use Firefox 1.01-2.

Problem -
When I run Firefox in E first and then in KDE, the Firefox on KDE tells me that I can't use the default user profile, because it is in use (which it is). I'm hesitant to create a new user profile for Firefox again- hesitant because doing anything that seems strange to do on my MEPIS system hasn't turned out to be a good thing* so far. I'm worried that my home directory will get mixed up somehow between the 2 profiles.
My preferences were originally imported to Firefox (through KDE, initially) I think I cut and pasted my old profile.? file to my new home/... directory.

I've tried it the other way around as well (starting Firefox in KDE, and then attempting to open it in E).

Should I create a new profile?

*Feel free to comment on this technique, and begin YADiscussion regarding conditioning methods for new Linux users.

**For instance, when I was trying to use other WM's for the first time, I didn't notice that I could easily log in to them from the GUIlogin. I did some stupid cut/pasting into config files which ended up messing everything up. So far, my experience tells me MEPIS is an easiest path kind of creature.

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Old 03-16-2005, 08:49 PM   #2
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Profiles have their own encrypted-type directories apart from .firefox with random characters and numbers. I have multiple profiles and multiple browsers on one of my systems and it's no biggie problemo. When each of the Mozilla type browsers start the profile thingy comes up and I select the right one. I of course named each profile to corespond to the particular o/s and browser.. so for example I have Netscape 7.2 and Mozilla and Firefox installed and so I named them by their versions and what O/S they belong to. Simple.

"Netscape 7.2 (MGR or O/S & Version)"
Old 03-20-2005, 06:31 PM   #3
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I'll probably do it now, but your comment about different O/S's confused me. I'm using two different window managers. Are you saying that window managers are O/S's? Probably a stupid question, but I'd like to know.

Also, I remembered exactly what I imported to my new Firefox. It was /home/me/.mozilla/.../bookmarks.html. I guess that's all that I imported. Do you know the best way to import all the preferences associated with a certain profile? Is there a big one step or automated process that I'm missing? Or are there several little files to copy?


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