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trien27 11-17-2010 07:25 PM

Why can't I get rid of all traces of Firefox?
& download & reinstall it anew?
I'll be able to download Firefox via Opera.
I use Opera as a backup browser.

I messed up about:config in Firefox.
PS This is the message I get now:
Firefox doesn't know how to open this address, because the protocol (firefox) isn't associated with any program.

TobiSGD 11-17-2010 07:42 PM

Which distribution are you using?

trien27 11-17-2010 08:07 PM

Distribution: Fedora 13

corp769 11-17-2010 08:28 PM

delete the .mozilla folder in your home folder, then re-run firefox.

trien27 11-20-2010 03:34 PM

I don't have a .mozilla folder in my home folder?
Why is it hidden? Says this folder is already in use.

paulsm4 11-20-2010 04:19 PM

Hi -

It sounds like you *do* have a copy of Mozilla in your home directory ("home" is the directory in your "$HOME" environment variable).

1. Close all instances of Firefox.

2. Start a terminal window (go to a Linux "command prompt").

3. Type "ps -eaf|grep -i firefox".
Type "kill -9 xxx" (substitute the PID# of any Firefox processes you might find for "xxx").

4. Type "cd", and hit <enter>.
This will take you to your home directory.

5. Type "rm -rf .mozilla"
This will delete your .mozilla folder, and everything inside of it.

Yes, by definition a Linux file prefixed with "." is a "hidden" file or directory.

trien27 11-20-2010 07:16 PM

Thanks, Paul. I've followed your advice and Firefox is working now.

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