[arch-general] Firefox on Arch - crash on exit

Tim Gelter tgelter at gurulabs.com
Mon Jul 20 11:18:38 EDT 2009

Andrei Thorp wrote:
> Excerpts from Tim Gelter's message of Mon Jul 20 10:48:54 -0400 2009:
>> Damien Churchill wrote:
>>> 2009/7/20 Dario <carotinobg at yahoo.it>:
>>>> Hi!
>>>> In data lunedì 20 luglio 2009 06:48:00, Tim Gelter ha scritto:
>>>>> "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."
>>>> Mmm I remember something like this happening on Windows (*cough*) machines at
>>>> school. The solution was to clear the hidden Application Data (or what is
>>>> called) folder under Documents and Settings. Here probably is something like a
>>>> lock file, I think.
>>>> Ciao!
>>>> Carotinho
>>>> Chiacchiera con i tuoi amici in tempo reale!
>>>>  http://it.yahoo.com/mail_it/foot/*http://it.messenger.yahoo.com
>>> In ~/.config/mozilla/firefox/[profile] there will be 2 files, "lock"
>>> and ".parent_lock" that need to be removed, at least those are the
>>> offending 2 when this has happened to me.
>> In my case, this isn't a lock file issue. As I explained in my email
>> that triggered this thread, the firefox process does in fact continue
>> running after I attempt to close firefox. It'll run (consuming very
>> little resources) for as long as it takes (minutes, hours, whatever) for
>> me to decide to launch firefox again. At this point, I must kill the
>> existing firefox process before launching firefox once more. Again, this
>> isn't a lock file issue in my case.
> I don't know what you issue is (though I don't find Firefox good in
> general), but I can provide you a way to automatically kill Firefox on
> firefox exit if you like...
> (just a wrapper shell script/alias)
I appreciate the offer, but it'd be easy enough to do something like:
alias firefox="killall firefox && firefox"
What I'm looking for is an answer to why Firefox has this issue on arch,
but not on other mainstream distros. Or am I really the only user
experiencing this issue? (other than the couple of guys who responded
saying that deleting a lock file or two solved the issue for them)

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