Closed Bug 286830 Opened 17 years ago Closed 17 years ago
Profile manager does not open when starting holding Option/Alt on Macintosh
User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; U; PPC Mac OS X Mach-O; en-US; rv:1.8b2) Gecko/20050318 Firefox/1.0+ Build Identifier: Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; U; PPC Mac OS X Mach-O; en-US; rv:1.8b2) Gecko/20050318 Firefox/1.0+ Have a patch. http://www.mozilla.org/support/firefox/profile: "In order to create a new profile, you use the Profile Manager. To start the Profile Manager...On Mac OS X, hold down the Option key and double click the Firefox icon." This does not work in Firefox aviary-1.0.1 or trunk. It does work in Mozilla/Seamonkey. The profile manager will appear on Mac OS X if Firefox is launched with -profilemanager (as on generic Unix and Windows builds), but this is not in accord with the documentation, and Mac users aren't expected to be as comfortable with the Terminal as users of other platforms. The code to request the profile manager when the option/alt key is down at startup is present in Firefox, but occurs AFTER a profile is selected, so the profile manager never appears. Reproducible: Always Steps to Reproduce: 1. Firefox must not be configured to display the profile manager at startup. (It's usually not, and because of this bug, difficult to change this behavior on Mac OS X.) 2. Double-click Firefox with the option key held down. (If launching from the Finder, expect the parent window to close, as option-double click has this meaning in the Finder.) Actual Results: Firefox opens using the last-used profile Expected Results: Firefox should have opened the profile manager and not launched the browser with any profile until the user selected a profile.
Component: Startup and Profile System → XRE Startup
Product: Firefox → Toolkit
QA Contact: benjamin → bugs.mano
*** Bug 287754 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
*** Bug 289279 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Assignee: benjamin → mark
I have decided that the old behavior is not desirable. I would like to use option-start to launch safe mode/extension manager.
Status: NEW → RESOLVED
Closed: 17 years ago
Resolution: --- → WONTFIX
This makes it VERY difficult for Mac users to reach the profile manager. If you really want to axe it, the docs should at least be updated. http://www.mozilla.org/support/firefox/profile
Yes, I'll update the docs.
The docs now specify: |On Linux or Mac, start Firefox with the the -profilemanager switch, e.g. |./firefox -profilemanager (this assumes that you're in the firefox directory). This doesn't work for the Mac, and it's beyond the abilities of typical Mac users without a little more hand-holding. Mac users need to be instructed to open the Terminal by double-clicking its icon in /Applications/Utilities, then dragging the Firefox icon into the Terminal window to copy its path to the command line, and then type: /Contents/MacOS/firefox-bin -profilemanager so that the command line looks like: /path/to/Firefox.app/Contents/MacOS/firefox-bin -profilemanager. (/path/to is usually expected to be /Applications)
*** Bug 310616 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
*** Bug 348032 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
(In reply to comment #7) > Yes, I'll update the docs. > The Docs @ http://www.mozilla.org/support/thunderbird/profile still say that holding down the Option key while launching will bring up the profile manager under OS X. It doesn't, so either the Docs need to be updated, or preferably this feature needs to be put back into Thunderbird...
Component: XRE Startup → Startup and Profile System
QA Contact: mano → startup
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