Whenever I launch Google Chrome, a window is displayed which contains this message:

Your profile could not be opened correctly.

Some features may be unavailable. Please check that the profile exists and you have >permission to read and write its contents.

At first I tried to remove ~/.configure/google-chrome folder, and restarted Google Chrome. It created a new google-chrome folder, but it doesn't solve the problem. The same window is displayed again.

How do I solve the problem?

The Original Atricle from chinese douban community


于是: 首先需要安装十六进制编辑器

apt-get install hexedit


hexedit /opt/google/chrome/chrome

注意:路径如果不同的话请自行使用dpkg -c安装包来察看安装到哪里了。 进入到编辑器后,光标在左侧,首先按TAB键切换到右侧的ASCII码模式,接着按Ctrl+S打开搜索功能,输入geteuid查找,然后将geteuid改为getppid,最后按Ctrl+X保存退出。 重新打开Chrome,正常运行。

Translated in English

when you use google-chrome in Linux,you will find that there is some limitations,probably the limitations are based on safety considerations. Otherwise,if it is used in conjunction with xss and such kind of vulnerabilities, the hakcer is able to run command as root priviledge.This is very dangerous. But chrome is one of the greatest browsers.It's unwisdom to abandon chrome for this reason.

so,we will do something to let chrome be free from this limitations.

1.Install the HexEdit,open a terminal and run: sudo apt-get install hexedit

2.and then edit Chrome wiht Hexedit: sudo hexedit /opt/google/chrome/chrome tips:Be sure you have the write privilege to chrome. if you don't have this privileges,run:sudo chmod -R 777 /opt/google/chrome/chrome

Notice:if you have't install chrome in example directory,please run dpkg -c to find you r directory.

  • Enter the HexEdit,the cursor is on the left.
  • Press the Tab let the cursor go to right which was Ascii model.
  • Press Ctrl+S to open the search engine
  • search "geteuid"
  • Replace "geteuid" with "getppid"
  • Press Ctrl+X ,save and exit.
  • lanuch your chrome,it work properly.


  • 1
    "But i found a way to solve the problem from douban community which located in china" Can you be more specific? May 23, 2013 at 13:54
  • Of course,i traslate the article into English just now.And append the article to my question.
    – plusmancn
    May 23, 2013 at 14:32

3 Answers 3


This is a known issue of chrome. Try the following:

  1. Quit Google Chrome.
  2. Open a shell.
  3. Change directory (cd) to ~/.config/google-chrome/Default
  4. Delete the file named “Web Data”: rm -rf Web\ Data;
  5. Start Google Chrome and the error should be gone.

Alternatively, you can try the following first:

1) Click on the tool icon on the top right corner of your chrome browser
2) On the drop down menu, click the signed in as .
3) Under users section, click the delete this user button and takes him off away.
4) Restart Google chrome and add the user and Chrome will be in a good shape..


I solved the problem by creating a new patched launcher for Google Chrome.

Just run Chrome from the new icon named "Google Chrome Patched" without any modification of the original files.

After installing the package google-chrome-stable, just run the following script as root to creat the new launcher:


cat > /opt/google/chrome/google-chrome-patched <<PATCHEND

# This is a google-chrome patched launch script to fix the common profile connection error.
# By Luc Bruninx 2014-09-15 on Ubuntu 13.04

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

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

\$(dirname \$0)/google-chrome


chmod a=r+w+x /opt/google/chrome/google-chrome-patched

cat /usr/share/applications/google-chrome.desktop | sed "s/\/usr\/bin\/google-chrome-stable/\/opt\/google\/chrome\/google-chrome-patched/g" | sed > /usr/share/applications/google-chrome-patched.desktop "s/Google\ Chrome/Google\ Chrome\ Patched/g"

Sometimes it's a matter of multiple instances.

Try typing the following in a terminal:

pkill chrome

Then re-launch chrome.

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