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    Chromium browser won't read my profile?

    so i've been using chromium for a couple of months now with no issues. however, with no apparent cause, it give me this:

    when i launch it, i get the message "Your profile could not be opened correctly.
    Some features may be unavailable. Please check that the profile exists and you have permission to read and write its contents."

    and although my bookmarks, passwords, etc are intact, my most-visited eight sites on the opening page are no longer there, instead replaced by "welcome to chromium" and "chromium themes" sites, which were the default when i first got the program.

    i tried reinstalling through aptitude (reinstalled with no change to problem), and i tried and failed to hunt down some sort of profile-type file. i'm certain this is a problem with a straightforward solution, but my linux-fu is still at the yellow belt level...

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    Re: Chromium browser won't read my profile?

    I had the same problem. I fixed it by this.

    Open a terminal, type this
    Code:
    mv ~/.config/chromium/Default ~/.config/chromium/Backup
    Now run chromium, and it should work. Then close it, and type this in your terminal.
    Code:
    rm -rf ~/.config/chromium/Default
    cp -R ~/.config/chromium/Backup ~/.config/chromium/Default
    Then when you open it all of your preferences should be back, and everything should be good.

    EDIT:
    If you want an easier way and don't care about your bookmarks and preferences or anything, you could close it and type this.
    Code:
    rm -rf ~/.config/chromium/Default
    Then when you open it you should be able to start from scratch.
    Last edited by Dougie187; December 3rd, 2009 at 02:57 AM.

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    Re: Chromium browser won't read my profile?

    I had also been running Chromium with no issues for a while, until about two weeks ago when I discovered that Google does have a .deb package of the Chrome early release (The link is near the bottom of the page; there are x32 and x64 .debs)

    Its still considered an unstable package, but I've not experienced any issues at all, and it has in fact become my browser of choice on both my Kubuntu desktop and Debian macbook.

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    Re: Chromium browser won't read my profile?

    Quote Originally Posted by lexfati View Post
    I had also been running Chromium with no issues for a while, until about two weeks ago when I discovered that Google does have a .deb package of the Chrome early release (The link is near the bottom of the page; there are x32 and x64 .debs)

    Its still considered an unstable package, but I've not experienced any issues at all, and it has in fact become my browser of choice on both my Kubuntu desktop and Debian macbook.
    If I remember correctly, this .deb is an older version. If you want to keep up to date you are probably better off using the daily builds from the chromium ppa.
    https://launchpad.net/~chromium-daily/+archive/ppa

    Either way, it does work very well.

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    Re: Chromium browser won't read my profile?

    Dougie187- Thanks! Worked like a charm, no problems now.

    Incidentally I am also running the dev version of chrome, but I have this unshakable feeling that Chromium is a little faster (and certainly is a bit more up-to-date).

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    Re: Chromium browser won't read my profile?

    I would imagine it is more up-to-date. Especially since they update it every day.

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    Re: Chromium browser won't read my profile?

    I have created a script to fix this error:
    Code:
    #!/bin/bash
    mv -f ~/.config/chromium/Default/* ~/.config/chromium/Backup/
    rm -rf ~/.config/chromium/Default
    cp -R ~/.config/chromium/Backup/ ~/.config/chromium/Default/
    Put that in a text doc, make it executable, and there we go. Frustrating bug, but meh it works for now.
    Maybe it's an extension error?
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    Re: Chromium browser won't read my profile?

    Quote Originally Posted by FAJALOU View Post
    I have created a script to fix this error:
    Code:
    #!/bin/bash
    mv -f ~/.config/chromium/Default/* ~/.config/chromium/Backup/
    rm -rf ~/.config/chromium/Default
    cp -R ~/.config/chromium/Backup/ ~/.config/chromium/Default/
    Put that in a text doc, make it executable, and there we go. Frustrating bug, but meh it works for now.
    Maybe it's an extension error?
    WTF! argh! noooooooo, fool me for copying and pasting.

    Code:
    [~] ➔ mv -f ~/.config/chromium/Default/* ~/.config/chromium/Backup/
    mv: target `/home/dougle/.config/chromium/Backup/' is not a directory
    [~] ➔ rm -rf ~/.config/chromium/Default
    [~] ➔ cp -R ~/.config/chromium/Backup/ ~/.config/chromium/Default/
    cp: cannot stat `/home/dougle/.config/chromium/Backup/': No such file or directory
    Needs a mkdir -p in there.

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    Re: Chromium browser won't read my profile?

    I use Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic and Google Chrome 5.0.307.9 beta
    After an unexpected shutdown of my laptop I got the "Your profile could not be opened correctly." message.
    I had no chrome processes running after I shut Chrome down.
    I then found this thread, however, something did not make sense, the mv command should have been cp (mv in Linux changes the name, cp makes a copy)
    I tried the cp command and the file "History-journal" gave up an input-output error.
    I checked the permissions of the directory where my chrome data is located: ~/.config/google-chrome/Default
    All was OK BUT the permissions of the History-journal file were different.
    I deleted the History-journal file and no longer got the message: "Your profile could not be opened correctly."
    I have had no previous problems with Google Chrome 5.0.307.9 beta.
    If I have this problem again I will post an update.
    "Education: that which reveals to the wise, and conceals from the stupid, the vast limits of their knowledge."
    - Mark Twain

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    Re: Chromium browser won't read my profile?

    Thank You Dougie187! I have no clue what happened to break my profile all of a sudden but I was so grateful for your post that saved the day.

    One thing that was different was that I was having problems with Google Chrome and not Chromium but the fix you provided worked perfectly when I changed the directories to:
    ~/.config/google-chrome/Backup
    ~/.config/google-chrome/Default
    Last edited by wesley.jordan; March 2nd, 2010 at 07:15 PM. Reason: Added details that might help others.

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