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My firefox has had all sorts of trauma.

  • the addition of the firefox-daily ppa and also version 4 from the same PPA. I since removed this and now have version 3.6.9+build1+nobinonly-0ubuntu0.10.04.1
  • removal of firefox profile folder and general playing with different profiles

But now I can't get it to do anything, not even startup. All the following produce nothing:

$ firefox
$ firefox -safe-mode
$ firefox -private
$ firefox -ProfileManager

Strangely (or not) firefox --help and firefox -version behave as anticipated. Anyone got any suggestions as to how to resurrect my firefox?

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Have you checked if there are any running Firefox processes, using ps ax | grep -i firefox for example? If there are, try killing them off with kill <pid> or kill -9 <pid> before starting a new one. – Lars Haugseth Sep 14 '10 at 16:58
@Lars No joy I'm afraid. (Unsurprisingly as the issue persists after restarting) – 8128 Sep 14 '10 at 17:33
up vote 4 down vote accepted

Turns out I had a broken symlink at /home/greg/.mozilla after I deleted the the firefox profile from my files area, but didn't remove the symlink.

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Thanks, removing /home/USER/.mozilla/firefox/profiles.ini worked for me – AD. Feb 13 '11 at 7:17

This is what I would do:

First activate the backports repository to make ppa-purge available. Then:

sudo apt-get install ppa-purge
ppa-purge firefox-daily
sudo apt-get purge firefox
mv /home/ /home/
sudo apt-get reinstall xulrunner-1.9.2
sudo apt-get install firefox-gnome-support firefox-branding
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It felt promising as I watched the console lines scroll by, but didn't work. (I even restarted to check, just in case) – 8128 Sep 14 '10 at 17:32
What if you delete your profile after purging firefox? – Javier Rivera Sep 14 '10 at 17:52
I have added an option to reinstall xulrunner. It's quite frustrating the lack of debug info that firefox outputs :(. – Javier Rivera Sep 14 '10 at 17:58
Figured it out (see my answer), thanks for the help though. – 8128 Sep 14 '10 at 19:18

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