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Bug 294133 - www-client/mozilla-firefox doesn't start if ~/firefox directory exists
Summary: www-client/mozilla-firefox doesn't start if ~/firefox directory exists
Alias: None
Product: Gentoo Linux
Classification: Unclassified
Component: New packages (show other bugs)
Hardware: All Linux
: High normal (vote)
Assignee: Mozilla Gentoo Team
Depends on:
Reported: 2009-11-23 06:25 UTC by Neil Skrypuch
Modified: 2010-12-29 04:14 UTC (History)
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Description Neil Skrypuch 2009-11-23 06:25:13 UTC
This might be an upstream bug, but if you have a ~/firefox directory (which need not even contain anything), Firefox will not start. Observe:

neil@x2-42 ~ $ mkdir firefox
neil@x2-42 ~ $ firefox
Could not read application.ini
neil@x2-42 ~ $ rmdir firefox
neil@x2-42 ~ $ firefox
neil@x2-42 ~ $

(The second run was successful.)

I had an old beta binary of firefox directly from their site sitting around in my home directory, and after a recent update (from www-client/mozilla-firefox-3.5.2 to www-client/mozilla-firefox-3.5.5) Firefox decided that it didn't want to start anymore. Discovering the above issue was very non-obvious.
Comment 1 Jory A. Pratt gentoo-dev 2009-11-23 14:49:30 UTC
Please report bug upstream and cc
Comment 2 Neil Skrypuch 2009-11-24 01:36:53 UTC
Comment 3 Jory A. Pratt gentoo-dev 2010-12-29 04:14:38 UTC
Thanks for the report, this is such a small minority I will continue to track via upstream bug.