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    sequence of thunderbird and firefox starting

    hi
    i think there is a little "bug" in combination with firefox and thunderbird starting.
    what i did is (it is always reproduceable)
    1. ps -ef | grep firefox --> result is firefox isn't running.
    2. starting thunderbird --> works fine
    3. select a new mail in thunderbird --> results in:

    Firefox is already running, but is not responding. To open a new window, you
    must first close the existing Firefox process, or restart your system.
    (for a newcommer the message "restart your system" is very hard !!!!!)

    4. ps -ef | grep firefox results in:
    richi 4759 1 45 08:39 ? 00:00:04 /usr/lib/firefox/firefox http://www.facebook.com/n/?notificat...n%40freenet.de
    richi 4779 1 3 08:39 ? 00:00:00 /usr/lib/firefox/firefox http://www.facebook.com/n/?notificat...n%40freenet.de
    richi 4826 4759 3 08:39 ? 00:00:00 /usr/lib/firefox/plugin-container /usr/lib/flashplugin-installer/libflashplayer.so -greomni /usr/lib/firefox/omn

    for a hint: this behavior don't happen when i start "firefox" first and then
    thunderbird.

    5. hi guys - this don't hassle me - but it is a little bug
    cheers
    richi
    Last edited by rnerwein; January 31st, 2013 at 08:59 AM. Reason: ups forgot: i am running 12.01.01 full updated
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    Re: sequence of thunderbird and firefox starting

    The "already running" error occurs when firefox was not shut down cleanly. If you look in $HOME/.mozilla/firefox you'll see a directory named something.default. Enter that directory and delete any "lock" and ".parentlock" files you see there:

    Code:
    cd ~
    cd .mozilla/firefox
    cd abcdefg.default
    rm -f lock .parentlock
    Replace "abcdefg" with the name of the default directory on your system.

    This problem doesn't occur as often as it once did, so Mozilla must have cleaned up some of the code that removes lock files. But it does still happen as you have discovered, and it must cause novice users fits because the reason for the problem is so obscure.

    I think rebooting may clean out the locks, but that's not an acceptable solution on *nix systems where rebooting is always the last resort.

    Thunderbird can also fall victim to this problem, but it doesn't happen as often with TBird as it does with Firefox.
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    Re: sequence of thunderbird and firefox starting

    Quote Originally Posted by SeijiSensei View Post
    The "already running" error occurs when firefox was not shut down cleanly. If you look in $HOME/.mozilla/firefox you'll see a directory named something.default. Enter that directory and delete any "lock" and ".parentlock" files you see there:

    Code:
    cd ~
    cd .mozilla/firefox
    cd abcdefg.default
    rm -f lock .parentlock
    Replace "abcdefg" with the name of the default directory on your system.

    This problem doesn't occur as often as it once did, so Mozilla must have cleaned up some of the code that removes lock files. But it does still happen as you have discovered, and it must cause novice users fits because the reason for the problem is so obscure.

    I think rebooting may clean out the locks, but that's not an acceptable solution on *nix systems where rebooting is always the last resort.

    Thunderbird can also fall victim to this problem, but it doesn't happen as often with TBird as it does with Firefox.
    hi
    thanks for reply. i just try to reproduce it again - gulp it dosen't happen. but you can
    belive me. i tried it three times. close firefox -> close thunderbird.
    start thunderbird -> open a mail with a hyperlink in it -> select that link -> got the error message.
    sorry i forget to use the "fuser -u" command to figure out whats going on.
    oh the lockfile ".parentlock" even exists when i quit firefox ( but without a process on it).
    but thanks for reply. i will close that post.
    cheers
    hm as you can see my "ps -ef" gives me:
    richi 4759 1 45 08:39 ? 00:00:04 /usr/lib/firefox/firefox http://www.facebook.com/n/?notificat...n%40freenet.de
    richi 4779 1 3 08:39 ? 00:00:00 /usr/lib/firefox/firefox http://www.facebook.com/n/?notificat...n%40freenet.de
    richi 4826 4759 3 08:39 ? 00:00:00 /usr/lib/firefox/plugin-container /usr/lib/flashplugin-installer/libflashplayer.so -greomni /usr/lib/firefox/omn

    thats 3 results - and what's the hell is going on with the "flashplugin" ??
    i can't reproduce this behavior. if it happen again i'll will debug with more patience.
    have a nice day
    Last edited by rnerwein; January 31st, 2013 at 06:00 PM. Reason: i looked again to my first post
    "What is the robbing of a bank compared to the FOUNDING of a bank?" Berthold Brecht

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