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For some reason I've recently been getting a profile error on chromium:

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I can't seem to see what the problem is, is it associated with the fact that chromium thinks it hasn't been shut down properly (and even then, I can't see how else I'm supposed to shut it down, other than clicking the close button). The result is that I cannot access any of my history, bookmarks etc, something of an annoyance.

What could be causing this?

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up vote 2 down vote accepted

There's quite a thorough guide on a blog as to the steps you could take to troubleshoot this problem.

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You could backup your /home/user/.config/chromium folder and launch Chromium. In the new autocreated folder copy the desired content of Default folder in the backup, such as Bookmarks, History, and so on.

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This should be ~/.config/chromium – zerwas Oct 17 '10 at 14:28
Oh, yes. My fault. Edited. – Alfredo Hernández Oct 17 '10 at 14:41
and doing this: chmod -R ~/.config/chromium && chmod -R ~/.cache/chromium. I couldn't believe how many people didn't realize that it wasn't chromium issue but Ubuntu itself with its own setup of user and group. – Faron Oct 8 '14 at 15:02

Stop cromium

cd /home/user/.config/chromium
mv Default Backup

start chromium

stop chromium

sudo cp -rapf Backup/* Default

I don't know why this works because it seems you are just moving the broken crap back into the folder but it does work.

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I have solved this problem defenitively with this script :


# Execute this script as root after you have installed chromium-browser package.
# This script create a new patched launcher without any modification of the original files.
# To remove the patched launcher created with this script :
# sudo rm /usr/bin/chromium-browser-patched
# sudo rm /usr/share/applications/chromium-browser-patched.desktop

cat > /usr/bin/chromium-browser-patched <<PATCHEND

# This is a chromium-browser patched launcher script to fix the common profile connection error.
# By Luc Bruninx 2014-09-16 on Ubuntu 14.04

if [[ -d "\$HOME/.config/chromium.bak" ]]; then
  rm -fr "\$HOME/.config/chromium.bak"

if [[ -d "\$HOME/.config/chromium" ]]; then
  mv "\$HOME/.config/chromium" "\$HOME/.config/chromium.bak"
  cp -r "\$HOME/.config/chromium.bak" "\$HOME/.config/chromium"

\$(dirname \$0)/chromium-browser


chmod a=r+w+x /usr/bin/chromium-browser-patched

cat /usr/share/applications/chromium-browser.desktop | sed "s/Exec=chromium-browser/Exec=chromium-browser-patched/g" | sed "s/Chromium-browser/XXXREPLACE01XXX/g" | sed "s/Chromium/Patched\ Chromium/g" | sed > /usr/share/applications/chromium-browser-patched.desktop "s/XXXREPLACE01XXX/Chromium-browser/g"

Execute this script as root once you have installed chromium-browser package. It create a new patched launcher icon without any modification of the original files of the chromium official package from Ubuntu.

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Was enough to remove rm -rf Web\ Data from ~/.config/chromium/Default.

  • had to restart computer.
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