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

Thu Oct 18 10:59:16 UTC 2012
James Pearson <james-p at moving-picture.com>

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.
> I'd appreciate some ideas to try, if anyone has any. Thanks in advance!

Are there any backtraces/errors in /var/log/Xorg.*.log* or /var/log/gdm/* ?

James Pearson