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Old 04-05-2005, 06:43 AM   #1
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Problem with FireFox

I am having a problem with FireFox (yes I know this sounds weird).

I have just installed Slackware 10.1 on a Dell Laptop (that went fine).

I used the install package for Linux that can be found on the mozilla site for my install.

I installed FireFox as root and placed all the files in /usr/local/lib/firefox-1.01.
I then sym-linked the firefox binary to /usr/local/bin/firefox.

As root I can open the browser no problem, everything works. However, I do not like to be root when doing anything except the most critical of tasks (and browsing this I do not deem critical, sorry everyone).

When I run FireFox as a regular user I receive the following error in my terminal:
*** loading extensions database
This message gets repeated until it fills up the terminal window then stops. My path and perms seem correct as I compared them to a Fedora Core 3 box I have running (maybe I should be comparing Slack to FC when things stop working?)

I have also tried hard-linking the binary and also copying the binary over to the /usr/local/bin directory, I still get the same error. I also tried running the firefox binary from the /usr/local/lib/firefox-1.01 directory (after removing the links from /usr/local/bin of course), and I still get the same error.

Any help on this would be appreciated, thanks.
Old 04-05-2005, 07:10 AM   #2
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does it help if you install as a user instead?
Old 04-05-2005, 10:10 AM   #3
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why not try removing the firefox you have installed and using the official slackware package. I had a number of problems with the firefox from mozilla site (random crashes, hard locks, etc.) that are now resolved when I use the slack package. Download from here.
Old 04-05-2005, 12:02 PM   #4
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I would try removing (or just moving to a temporary place) your personal firefox files (~/.mozilla/firefox) and try again with a clean config.


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