Firefox doesn’t start in Linux Mint 17 [Solved]

It never fails to amaze me how the Linux community comes up with obscure fixes to obscure problems – well, at least, obscure problems/solutions to me!

Further searching on Google (using Google Chrome!) identified a fix for my recent problem with Firefox refusing to start under Linux Mint 17 (Firefox doesn’t start in Linux Mint 17).

The solution – provided by “paulo” – is:

To fix this issue execute the following commands
chown -hR YOUR_USER .gnome2/
chown -hR YOUR_USER .gnome2_private/

Checking the ownership of these two folders on my Linux Mint 17 installation showed that, while .gnome_private2 was owned by “toaster” (i.e. me), .gnome2 was owned by root. Changing the ownership of the latter folder, using “sudo chown -hR toaster .gnome2/”, did indeed allow Firefox to run.

Now, I really can write: Problem solved!

References:

Firefox doesn’t launch in ubuntu 13.04
http://askubuntu.com/questions/284981/firefox-doesnt-launch-in-ubuntu-13-04

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2 Responses to Firefox doesn’t start in Linux Mint 17 [Solved]

  1. Kenny G says:

    Worked great, thanks

  2. bob the blob says:

    Amazing! Thanks.

    One would think that the Mint team would have done something about this long ago…

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