[CentOS] Centos 5.8: starting firefox-16.0.1 kills X [updated]

fred smith fredex at fcshome.stoneham.ma.us
Wed Oct 17 20:43:59 EDT 2012


On Wed, Oct 17, 2012 at 08:37:41PM -0400, fred smith wrote:
> This just started happening this evening.
> 
> a little history:
> way back last year, or thereabouts, I posted about a weird problem I was
> having. over the course of 2 or 3 days I figured out how to fix it, but
> not what the cause was. the fix amounts to navigating to my user's 
> .local/share/mime directory and removing the file named "globs".
> 
> So, back in the present: this evening that same problem recurred for
> the 3rd or 4th time since the original event mentioned above. so I
> deleted that file, logged off and back on (without the log off/on, the
> problem still occurs).
> 
> Having done that, I went to fire up firefox and KABOOM!!
> X dies and I land back at a login prompt. 
> several times. 
> every time.
> tried running firefox from a terminal but I don't see anything
> echoed to the terminal before it is blown away.
> 
> I still have the tarball from mozilla.org, so I moved aside the directory
> where the firefox runtime stuff is, re-extracted the tarball and it still
> croaks in the same way.

Trying to start firefox in safemode makes no difference. still
instant death.

> 
> I'd appreciate some ideas to try, if anyone has any. Thanks in advance!
> 
> In the meantime, Opera works (though I can't install 12.0.2 for lack
> of a suitable version of rpmlib, so I'm not left browseerless.
> 
> Fred
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