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Thread: Can't launch Firefox from external hyperlinks

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    Can't launch Firefox from external hyperlinks

    Odd Firefox problem. When I click on a hyperlink inside a PDF, email (Thunderbird), or other document (ex. AbiWord, LibreOffice) Firefox attempts to launch and it shows in the gnome2 panel (in the window manager with all the other applications) but when I click on it in the window manager to un-minimize/focus Firefox the browser crashes. Odd thing is this is only a problem if the browser is not yet open. If I have previously launched Firefox then click an external link it opens in a new tab just fine. I upgraded from Firefox 4 to 5 and the problem persists. I've only recently noticed this so it could be the result of something I did (installed/uninstalled) though I don't know what I could have done. Or, maybe I never noticed because I almost always have an open browser window. Either way has anyone else experienced this problem? Anyone know a fix? Is it a FF problem or a Ubuntu specific issue?

    Thanks for your help.

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    Re: Can't launch Firefox from external hyperlinks

    um.. yea... just purged firefox and installed again. Like 5 times. finally worked. *shrugs*

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