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Old 08-22-2007, 06:46 AM   #1
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when i try to start firefox it acts like its going to start but then stops loading.

I have a doubt regarding the working of firefox-2.0 which I installed in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.This had a default browser which was firefox-1.0.7.
Now , after installation of firefox2.0,when i try to start firefox it acts like its going to start but then stops loading.What could be wrong?
The following were the steps that were taken for the installation:-
a) Untarred firefox-2.0rc3-source.tar.bz2 into the root directory.
b) Made a file .mozconfig and added the following options:
ac_add_options --enable-application=browser.
c) ./configure --prefix:/usr --enable-application=browser
d) make && make install
e) The following path were set before running firefox
export MOZILLA_FIVE_HOME=/usr/lib/firefox-2.0/

Have any one of you ever heard/faced such a problem?
Could you please spend some time to suggest a solution for this problem

Thanx in advance.
Old 08-22-2007, 08:16 AM   #2
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FF will sometimes do this if an instance is already open.

Otherwise, try starting it from the command line and see what errors are being returned.

Was it necessary to compile? ie don't they have binaries you can download?
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compiling from source is good, but the mozilla developers do a pretty good job of making pre-built binaries, have you tried downloading from

also try launching firefox from an xterm and see if it gives any error messages, i have seen some distros give error messages like "unable to load shared library" and depending on the error message it could be as easy as installing the missing library...
Old 08-22-2007, 08:32 AM   #4
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You might try running firefox in the "safe mode". Run it from a terminal session with the command: firefox -safe-mode

This is helpful when a new extension/add-on my have hosed things, so I don't know if this will be of any help.

Good luck.


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