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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3 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…

  3. Simon Rozendal says:

    I did also have a problem that firefox didn’t launch on my linux mint 18 cinnamon system.
    When i’m clicking on the firefox icon the system try’s fire fox to load but nothing happens.

    I also downloaded the chrome internet explorer from the software management in Linux.
    After a succesfull installation i get exactly the same problem witch i had with firefox.

    I did try to change the rights on my firefox folders in linux with the commands:
    chown -hR YOUR_USER .gnome2/
    chown -hR YOUR_USER .gnome2_private/

    Where YOUR_USER in my case was mint. Im getting the following error message:
    Folder does not exist, or folder not recordnized.

    So i solved the problem on this way.
    Step 1
    I first checked my network settings, and i did a ping to http://www.google.de.
    Result: The ping was succesfull.

    Step 2
    Next: The beauty of linux installation images is that you can run linux without install it.
    So on my linux machine i placed my installation cd in the cd-rom and reboot my machine.

    Note: It is also possible with a boot able usb stick with linux on it. Only my older system could not boot from usb.

    Linux will now loading on your machine and wait until you are automaticly logged in.
    Once you logged in:
    Click on the firefox icon and try to launch firefox. If so go to step 3, in my case it worked. So my computer hardware is working fine.

    So what i am gonna do in the next steps is bassicly copy all firefox files and folders from my installation cd to my linux system, and replace the exsisting firefox files and folders with these witch you can find on your linux installation files.

    Step 3
    You can go with the file explorer to /usr/bin
    Then look for the firefox shortcut named firefox. And copy this on a location you have permission to on your harddrive or use an usb-stick.

    Step 4
    Next look with your file explorer for the firefox folder on location /usr/lib/
    copy the entire folder on a location you have permission to on your harddrive or use an usb-stick.

    Note: You later have to find these copied files.

    Step 5:
    Shutdown your working linux image and remove your bootable linux medium.

    Step 6:
    Turn on your computer again and open a file explorer where your copied files and folders are.

    Step 7:
    Open another file explore and open /usr with right click and choose from the menu that appears for open as administrator.

    Note:
    Now you have opent this file with full permission as a super user with root permissions, so be carefull and know from now on what you are doing because it is possible to damage your linux system.

    Step 8:
    Open in folder /usr the folder bin and check if you have still have the superuser permissions(root permissions). You should still have them trough the previous step

    Step 9:
    When opened go to the location where you have stored your copied files and folders with the other file explorer and copy the firefox shortcut. After the paste it in /usr/bin witch you have just opened with root permissions and paste the shortcut in this folder. Linux will now ask to this file is existing do you want to overwrite it? Choose yes or overwrite.

    Step 10:
    Then open with your file explore /usr/lib/ folder again with root permissions.
    When opened go to the location where you have stored your copied files and folders with the other file explorer and copy the entire firefox folder. And paste it in /usr/lib/ you have just openend with root permissions.
    Linux will now ask to this file is existing do you want to overwrite it? Choose yes or overwrite.
    Another possibility is that linux will ask do you want to merge your copied firefox folder with the existing firefox folder on your linux installation. If so choose merge. When linux is asking overwrite exsiting file? Choose yes or overwrite.

    Step 11:
    close all file explores.
    When done and everything is succesfull is copied as i descriped in the previous steps, you can now click on your firefox icon and firefox will now start up in his default setting and will open with the url: https://linuxmint.com/

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