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Re: pkg/43831: GMarks Add-on corrupts Firefox configuration

The following reply was made to PR pkg/43831; it has been noted by GNATS.

From: Mark Davies <>
Subject: Re: pkg/43831: GMarks Add-on corrupts Firefox configuration
Date: Fri, 10 Sep 2010 00:32:09 +1200

 On Friday 03 September 2010 06:50:01 you wrote: 
 > After installing the GMarks add-on from
 > and quitting firefox, the browser cannot be restarted. After
 > deleting extensions.ini from the configuration directory, firefox will
 > start again (without extensions, though).
 > I have this problem with firefox-3.6.3 and firefox-3.6.8 on
 > NetBSD/amd64, but not on any other OS (Windows, Mac OS X, Solaris 10).
 > Older versions of firefox had no problem with this add-on on NetBSD.
 Since going to 3.6.x (from 3.5) on NetBSD-5.1_RC3/i386 various of our users 
 have reported problems of firefox not starting.
 Running it in safe mode (firefox -safe-mode) and disabling add-on's gets it 
 going so its an issue with some add-ons.  Haven't been able to get a list 
 of which add-ons effect it but "DownThemAll" is certainly one.
 Today we discovered that rather than disabling addons, if you delete 
 ~/.mozilla/firefox/*/compatibility.ini then it also works.  This is 
 apparently a known issue on some systems (google "firefox 
 compatibility.ini") and even an extension available that just deletes it.
 As a work around here I'm looking at adding an rm of the file in

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