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Firefox 9.0.1 won't open links from external apps, says already running.

asked 2012-01-24 06:56:48 -0500

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Firefox 9.0.1 on fc15.x86_64

Installed the new Firefox available through updates, and every time I click on a web link in an external application while Firefox is already running (which should open the link in the already open Firefox) I get the following message:

  1. Firefox is already running, but is not responding. To open a new window, you must first close the existing Firefox process, or restart your system.

This message does not come up if Firefox isn't open and I click on a link within another application, it simply opens the page in Firefox like expected.

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answered 2012-01-24 07:54:46 -0500

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Two things what I will check:

  • Remove or temporally move out ~/.mozilla/firefox/<profile folder> folder
  • Ensure that that external application have permissions to access to your Firefox profile

If it won't help check available solutions on Profile in use documentation.

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answered 2012-10-05 18:26:04 -0500

QUOTES ARE USED TO ANNOTATED ACTUAL TYPED TEXT AND COMMANDS open a terminal screen, login to the root account by typing "su root"

enter the root password

once you have root access type "ps -A" look for the process in the list titled "Firefox" in the right column. in the left column will be a corresponding number (this is the process ID number)

next type "kill ####" (#### is the process ID number you found)

this will completely shut down Firefox and you can open a new browser again.

I haven't found another work around besides this.

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answered 2012-02-24 12:09:18 -0500

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updated 2012-02-24 12:11:19 -0500

For me the relentless "Firefox is already running, but is not responding. To open a new window, you must first close the existing Firefox process, or restart your system." problem was a v9.0.1 deal breaker. It persisted regardless of the many methods found on the Internet which I employed in trying to solve the issue. My ultimate solution was to first uninstall v9.0.1 and then to simply download Firefox version 3.6.27 from http://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/all-older.html for my OS which is Ubuntu, manually install it and the problem was mercifully GONE. I still have all my bookmarks and add-ons working but I do miss the v9.0.1 "Paste and go" which was about the only improvement I found in v9.0.1 anyway.

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