[Bug 231472] Re: Disabled buttons and an "inactive" address bar

Alexander Sack asac at jwsdot.com
Mon Jul 21 10:50:44 UTC 2008

On Fri, Jul 11, 2008 at 03:45:27AM -0000, Rohit Arondekar wrote:
> Hello,
> The problem happens when you use Firefox as a root user. This has happened to me twice. You can fix the problem by creating a new profile using the Profile Manager of Firefox. However you will loose extensions and bookmarks and all your settings. Instead I found a simpler way - the problem apparently is that the file "places.sqlite-journal" in your 'corupted' profile folder gets literally owned by root. That is the file owner is now root - so to solve this problem just run -
> sudo chown <your_username>
> /home/<your_username>/.mozilla/firefox/<profilename>/places.sqlite-
> journal
> That solved my problem - I am sure that that is the only file that gets
> affected by running Firefox 3 as root.

firefox probably also changes files in the system hierarchy
(e.g. /usr/lib/firefox-3.0) ... could you test and report which files
are affected there as well?

 - Alexander

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