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Re: firefox won't start, 2011Q2

"Jeremy C. Reed" <> suggested:

>> I'm still hoping someone out there knows why firefox would close as
>> soon as it starts, without opening any windows.

> I recall that happened to me on an recent upgrade. I think I moved my 
> .mozilla directory to fix it, but now can't remember. I think you said 
> you already tried that though.

Yes, I had, to no effect.

> You may want to make sure you don't have 
> any plugins elsewhere that are being enabled

I don't recall installing anything outside my own account (therefore
in .mozilla), except for gnash, which I admit is buggy, but I had
deleted it along with everything else at this point.

> or environment variables in use.

Nothing firefox-specific in the environment; some X stuff, but X logs
show the connections being made.  There are a few "Netscape*" lines
in my X resources file.  I should probably remove those at some point
and replace them with "about:config" settings.

> I had tried 4.0 something. I removed that and went to (firefox36) 
> 3.6.18.

That worked!!!  That is, the default firefox is now indeed "4",
and "pkg_add xulrunner-; pkg_add firefox-3.6.17" resulted
in a working installation.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!  I should have noticed the major
version change; you've saved me a lot of forehead-banging.

Ms. Anne Bennett, as a private citizen:
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