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Firefox has gone to sh**

Discussion in 'Crashed!' started by Daniel~, Jun 3, 2021.

  1. Daniel~

    Daniel~ Chief BBS Administrator Staff Member

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    Was fine last night, unusable today!

    completely bleached out
    Had to install crom to post this. Any suggestion would be greatly appreciated,
    it's taken me years to begin to understand Firefox, have no wish to use crom other than in a emergency such as I have now,

    I have uninstall and reinstalled firfox and got no good result.
    HELP! (at your leisure of course!)

    PS all of Firefox, even the back-end settings are unreadable.

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  2. booman

    booman Grand High Exalted Mystic Emperor of Linux Gaming Staff Member

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    Wow, I have no idea what you did...
    Some times a fresh install might fix it, or even clearing all the cache.

    You can manually delete all the browser and local settings here, but make a copy first, just to be safe
    /home/daniel/.mozilla

    upload_2021-6-3_13-35-22.png

    This is where all the settings are stored for your Firefox browser, deleting it could completely break Firefox, or fix it.

    Just expect to launch Firefox with no extensions, shortcuts or bookmarks after deleting these files. Which is why you should back them up first.

    If you aren't feeling up to that, then just copy and delete this Firefox profile:
    /home/daniel/.mozilla/firefox/43xocyeg.default

    upload_2021-6-3_13-37-38.png

    The name of the folder will probably be different on your system, but if it has "default" then that is your profile in Firefox.
    That will also clear all the settings, bookmarks, passwords, history, etc.
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    cloasters Well-Known Member

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    Firefox is getting bad press, which it seems to deserve. Some critics say it's gotten so bad that its future isn't at all bright.
  4. booman

    booman Grand High Exalted Mystic Emperor of Linux Gaming Staff Member

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    I'm pretty happy with Chrome these days, specially since I have a gmail account and use google Drive.
    I've heard Firefox is really optimized and now lets you sync your bookmarks, history, etc.
    But I've rarely had a reason to use it.
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    Daniel~ Chief BBS Administrator Staff Member

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    I've got no quarrel with chrome... But I'm a really slow learner and as such do best in familiar territory../

    Tried all your suggestions, to my best understanding, It screwed up every time I reinstalled it, not a clue as to why..
    By as I am RELIGIOUS in my backups i did a 20 minute restore and all is well.

    Thanks Boo, I would have rather not doing a restore, but it's a minor thing in the long run. All is well with me now...until tomorrow morning, when a new day will sing a new song.":O}
    Thanks much Boo.
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    booman Grand High Exalted Mystic Emperor of Linux Gaming Staff Member

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    No problem, somehow I thought you might go that route.
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    Daniel~ Chief BBS Administrator Staff Member

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    Bet you thought it was over just because I said it was!?
    So did my restore from back up and of course system update had a small mess of updates, yes I was hesitant when I saw Firefox listed in the updates..But I just had to know! When these things go wrong i always assume it was me!

    It was the update.

    But which update? There's a kernel update as well.

    Sop i go back to clonzillia to re -estore and clonzillia tells me that it can't do it! then "suggests" That my Kernel might be to old!!!???

    I suggest that my kernel might be to new..

    I'll test this by letting system update update everything EXCEPT firefox.

    When clonzillia couldn't do the restore I followed a hunch and booted the the flawed (firefox is screwed) desktop and removed mozillia and firefox.

    re-booted to C.Z. and neither of us mentioned Firefox and I got my restore...how very strange is that!!

    Here's a list of offered updates, so you guess Firefox or Kernel?

    If it's the Firefox up date our work is done here and you can write a white paper on the in-exactitude of computer life.":O}

    off to reboot!

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  8. Daniel~

    Daniel~ Chief BBS Administrator Staff Member

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    Leaving the Firefox update out of up date solved the problem.
    Once again thank you Boo, your gentleman and a friend to those in need.!
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    Daniel~ Chief BBS Administrator Staff Member

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    But what will happen if I now install Firefox separately?
    My guess is that it will be fine, you just can't install them at the same time.

    What's a half hour spent in pursuit of truth!
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    your not going to believe this Boo, why I can hardly believe it myself!
    I was wrong!

    Firefox update screws the pooch even when installed separately.
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    Wow, that is messed up.
    So do the restore again and run the updates except for Firefox.
    The Kernel updates are usually hardware/driver based and won't affect Firefox.

    But the problem is that you need to update Firefox too. They will release security updates to protect your operating system.
    I still think its the folder in your /home/daniel/.mozilla/firefox
    There are probably some conflicting settings in there
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    Sorry to read that Firefox is causing you hassles like these, Dan.

    Weird, I'm still running a version of Mint that isn't up to date. Yeah, I know, I like some older cars too. "They" are saying that Firefox is avoiding important updates and concentrating on Mickey Mouse horse feathers recently. I updated Firefox quite recently and refused all modren "alterations." On older Mint it's acting OK.

    It's a shame, I've liked Firefox for many years, but I see a divorce in the future. I use Chrome too, but rarely. I hate that it's a Google product and you better believe that Google hates us.
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    George, you can try Chromium, it's the product without the Google stuffs
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    Thank you for the suggestion, ThunderRd.

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