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Old 08-11-2020, 11:44 AM   #91
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Why would I create 10 profiles and use them all at the same time?
Not you. Firefox. As I understand every (!) update creates additional profile. It is not user who is creating but firefox. After ten updates you may have ten additional profiles. Perhaps I am wrong in this but you will find by yourself just wait to next update. You will go and see is there any new profile.
 
Old 08-11-2020, 12:00 PM   #92
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The firefox profile problem was discussed a year ago: https://www.linuxquestions.org/quest...1/#post6019925
My advice is to read all that thread. Because essentially some part of it supports my opinion.
 
Old 08-11-2020, 12:19 PM   #93
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I haven't paid attention in a long time, but I think Slackware straight up contains at least one first party package that is nonfree software just because (possibly quite a few ) people liked it.

I forgot the name too, but I think it's an imageviewer, or something.
But yeah, it was/is proprietary software, if I am not mistaken, yet, there it was, or maybe even still is.

In a Linux distro.
 
Old 08-11-2020, 12:22 PM   #94
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Old 08-11-2020, 02:08 PM   #95
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Not you. Firefox. As I understand every (!) update creates additional profile. It is not user who is creating but firefox. After ten updates you may have ten additional profiles. Perhaps I am wrong in this but you will find by yourself just wait to next update. You will go and see is there any new profile.
No, maybe I am lucky but I have Slackware installed 2yrs ago, many firefox updates and never added a new profile. I never have seen this in any of the distros that I have installed.
 
Old 08-11-2020, 02:21 PM   #96
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No, maybe I am lucky but I have Slackware installed 2yrs ago, many firefox updates and never added a new profile. I never have seen this in any of the distros that I have installed.
The issue appeared with update 68esr -> 78esr. If you run 78esr watch next updates for 78esr.
 
Old 08-11-2020, 02:33 PM   #97
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The issue appeared with update 68esr -> 78esr. If you run 78esr watch next updates for 78esr.
I went from 60.0-esr to 78.1-esr and I don't see this problem. Maybe -esr is not affected.
I also have 79.0 installed on another distro (in VM) and after last update I have only one profile
 
Old 08-11-2020, 02:47 PM   #98
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Well I did run into some profile bug on ESR, it's likely an incompatibility with the old profile which caused a new one to be created.
But here it only happened once. Wouldn't even notice if it was a local profile, I did notice because mine was remote profile unpacked into tmpfs and FF complained it can't be found.
What I did was just repacked the new profile and replaced the old one with it. Not worried too much about it, for me it's just a secondary backup browser.
 
Old 08-11-2020, 02:54 PM   #99
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I went from 60.0-esr to 78.1-esr and I don't see this problem. Maybe -esr is not affected.
I also have 79.0 installed on another distro (in VM) and after last update I have only one profile
Because of this
Code:
$ cat /usr/bin/firefox

#!/bin/sh
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# Shell script to start Mozilla Firefox.
#
# Don't reset the user profile on a detected browser downgrade:
export MOZ_ALLOW_DOWNGRADE=1

# Start Firefox:
exec /usr/lib/firefox/firefox "$@"
as you see it is script which contains workaround mentioned above which prevents firefox from making new profiles.
 
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Well, I managed somehow to imagine a context which behave like the OP tells and kinda to test it in practice...

So, imagine that I am a naughty clerk with so much time at my hand, as apparently they have in Poland and my inner devil loves to despair my sysadmin, who's incidentally our OP. Or just I want some supplemental time to comment on kitties images posted on Facebook, while the sysadmin struggle to repair my office box and swears like a sailor.

So, he's truly convinced that the currently installed 78.x ESR messes with the profiles. BUT, I, as I am a naughty clerk, I downloaded the 79.0 binaries right from Mozilla and extracted the tarball somewhere in my home directory. Yes, the binaries from Mozilla site works even non installed.

When I want to have longer time for Facebook in a particular day, I have just to start the v79 when I arrive at job (and the Firefox profile will be upgraded) working with it as usual, then when is time for free time, I will just close all Firefox windows, then I will start the official v78 ESR. As expected, because it is about a profile "downgrade", the v78 ESR will ask for a new profile if something is really messed. Bingo!

Time for me to yell at sysadmin: "Firefox crashed and asks again about profile!" and to grab the phone to see what's new on Facebook...

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Old 08-11-2020, 03:32 PM   #101
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@LuckyCyborg I am not sure I understand you well. Script I posted is just a way to start firefox on -current, here are explanations https://www.linuxquestions.org/quest...1/#post6019925. For me it works the way that if user creates own profiles - they are being kept. The script is causing firefox to add nothing by itself.
 
Old 08-11-2020, 03:37 PM   #102
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@LuckyCyborg I am not sure I understand you well. Script I posted is just a way to start firefox on -current, here are explanations https://www.linuxquestions.org/quest...1/#post6019925. For me it works the way that if user creates own profiles - they are being kept. The script is causing firefox to add nothing by itself.
Long story short, I believe that those Firefox profiles issues are intentionally provoked by your clerks (and I presented a way), for whatever reason - I suspect that is about avoiding the work.

And BTW, why the heck you use the slackware-current in a office? What part of "development tree" is not clear for you?

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Old 08-11-2020, 04:11 PM   #103
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I believe that those Firefox profiles issues
It is not profiles as they are - I mean that they senselessly created - are problem but how firefox manages them. It looks very simple: switch default profile, remove profile, create profile. But it seems the way management is now implemented may cause lost of data. As it happened to me. It seems for me now that switching default profile may cause problems.
 
Old 08-11-2020, 06:14 PM   #104
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What version of firefox are you using?
Depends on which machine I'm on. The oldest is 68.0.1. The newest is 79.0. The one I use the most runs 78.1.0esr.

Haven't seen this behaviour on any of them.
 
Old 08-11-2020, 07:16 PM   #105
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It is common behaviour for Firefox to create new user profiles and to start up on the new one. I use Ruari's script to download an update for Firefox and it always has a new profile so I have to search and destroy to find my bookmarks, add-ons, extensions and settings. It is a common complaint about Firefox, just spend some time with DDG and see. This is only one of the many reasons I loath Firefox.
What I did was drag a shortcut to my desktop and change the line Exec=firefox %u to read
Exec=firefox -p %u and I saved a copy of my desired profile with a name I know well (my initials). Every time I fire up Firefox I am now reminded to remove undesired profiles and to re-choose my desired one as default.
Happens every time Mozilla updates that wonky browser (every other week or two)
 
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