[ubuntu-in] Firefox issue

Narendra Diwate narendra.diwate at gmail.com
Thu Nov 11 15:39:31 GMT 2010

I have been having issues with the Firefox browser for the past few months.

Firefox version: 3.6.11 Ubuntu x86_64
OS: Ubuntu 10.04 x86_64
Add ons: Flash block, Ad Block+, image block

Issue faced: Occasionally on booting up and starting Firefox, the top menu
bar, the location bar drop down, backward and forward, refresh and home do
not work. Clicking them has no effect. Though I can enter a url in the
location bar, the drop down that gives recently browsed sites is
unavailable. Using the keyboard shortcuts for these doesn't work too. So
essentially all my browsing history, bookmarks, saved passwords are not

Restarting the browser/system doesn't help. Deleting the whole profile
folder restores the functionality, though it takes me back to a blank slate
as far as my personalisation and  browsing history is concerned and
everything needs to be rebuilt. Restoring the profile folder causes the
issue to reappear.

So it appears to have something to do with the profile stored.

Would like to look if any one has has similar issues but can't get a hang of
how to best describe this or how others would have described it.

Any pointers, suggestions etc to resolve this. I am sure you understand how
bad it feels when all the history, bookmarks, passwords etc are in a way
lost when this happens. Also how and where to post this or search if already
similar bug is posted with Ubuntu and Firefox.

P.S: Is there a way to separate the personal info like history, passwords
and bookmarks from the profile somehow?

Narendra Diwate
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