User-Agent: Build Identifier: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv:1.6) Gecko/20040221 I recently switched from Red Hat to Gentoo, saving the partition with my $HOME directory. Mozilla is at V1.6 with Gentoo ... I can't recall what version was running on Red Hat. In any case, it started up just fine the first time. The second time, it gives me a dialog when I start it up asking me to choose a profile. There is only one profile available: default. When I try to select default, it tells me that the default profile is already in use, so I can't use it. I can create another profile, but as it stands I don't have access to all the bookmarks, Password Manager information, etc. which I have invested time and energy in and which make my browser a useful tool. Please don't take this as a rant but as a suggestion: It is inconceivable to me that all of my personal information is sitting in my home directory but I am totally unable to access it. There should be an option a user has access to with the startup dialog I mentioned to force Mozilla to toggle the flag that indicates an account is in use. Otherwise a user account can effectively be disabled for no particular discernable reason. Reproducible: Always Steps to Reproduce: 1. Start Mozilla 2. Try to select default profile from startup dialog 3. Gnash teeth, beat breasts Actual Results: I was unable to access the default profile Expected Results: I should have been able to use Mozilla normally with all of my bookmarks etc. in place. about:buildconfig Build platform target i686-pc-linux-gnu Build tools Compiler Version Compiler flags gcc gcc version 3.3.2 20031218 (Gentoo Linux 3.3.2-r5, propolice-3.3-7) -Wall -W -Wno-unused -Wpointer-arith -Wcast-align -Wno-long-long -march=pentium4 -pipe -s -fforce-addr -pthread -pipe g++ gcc version 3.3.2 20031218 (Gentoo Linux 3.3.2-r5, propolice-3.3-7) -fno-rtti -fno-exceptions -Wall -Wconversion -Wpointer-arith -Wcast-align -Woverloaded-virtual -Wsynth -Wno-ctor-dtor-privacy -Wno-long-long -march=pentium4 -pipe -s -fforce-addr -Wno-deprecated -fshort-wchar -pthread -pipe -I/usr/X11R6/include Configure arguments --prefix=/usr/lib/mozilla --disable-pedantic --disable-short-wchar --disable-xprint --enable-mathml --without-system-nspr --enable-nspr-autoconf --with-system-zlib --enable-xsl --enable-crypto --enable-extensions=default --enable-optimize=-O2 --with-default-mozilla-five-home=/usr/lib/mozilla --enable-toolkit-gtk2 --enable-default-toolkit=gtk2 --disable-toolkit-qt --disable-toolkit-xlib --disable-toolkit-gtk --disable-ldap --enable-strip-libs --disable-debug --disable-tests --enable-reorder --enable-strip --enable-elf-dynstr-gc --enable-xft --disable-freetype2 --enable-old-abi-compat-wrappers
> saving the partition with my $HOME directory Is there a symlink named 'lock' in the profile dir (e.g. ~/.mozilla/|profile name|/XXXXXXXX.slt/lock) ? Remove it. (This would happen if $HOME was copied while mozilla was running.)
I've seen the process hang around after i thought i quit Mozilla. So do a "killall mozilla-bin", just in case.
Removing the lock file did the trick. Thanks, Jon! I suppose this should be changed to a feature request for a feature in which the dialog that tells you the profile is already in use allows the user to remove the existing lock on the profile.
Deleting `lock' file is UNSAFE. It's much much better to follow suggestion in the comment 2, i.e. `killall mozilla-bin'.
*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 151188 ***
Status: UNCONFIRMED → RESOLVED
Last Resolved: 14 years ago
Resolution: --- → DUPLICATE
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