Firefox crashed on me and now I can't seem to bring it back to life. I've replaced the application and tossed the Firefox folder inside ~/Library/Application Support and I still can't even get it to start. It just bounces once in the dock and then quits?<br><br>boohoo.<br><br><br><br>When did the National Guard turn into the foreign legion?
If anybody is really clever, this is what the console says every time it crashes:<br><br>*** malloc_zone_malloc: argument too large: 4294967284<br>*** malloc_zone_malloc: argument too large: 4294967284<br>*** malloc_zone_malloc: argument too large: 4294967284<br>*** malloc_zone_malloc: argument too large: 4294967284<br>*** malloc_zone_malloc: argument too large: 4294967284<br><br><br>uhhhhhh, wha??<br><br><br><br>When did the National Guard turn into the foreign legion?
Heh heh heh, I'm looking for it...<br><br><br>I've got the sucker back up running, but only sorta. I looked in the console some more and there was something that said "plugin" (the rest was gibberish) and I found some dumb plugin that got put in there today from some teaching software (total trash).<br><br>Anyway, I dumped that and it now starts up but after about three pages it just bombs again... and this is with NO bookmarks, preferences, themes, extensions... nothing, just a brand new Firefox install. <br><br>Anyway, I can reimport the bookmarks and get it going just long enough to EXPORT the bookmarks so I can go back to Safari Ugghhh! <br><br><br><br>When did the National Guard turn into the foreign legion?
But I threw the entire Firefox folder away!<br><br> *grumble*grumble*<br><br>I'll try it anyway, I was really enjoying that browser...<br><br><br><br>When did the National Guard turn into the foreign legion?
I'd trash the whole cache folder (not just contents as it will rebuild folder). Corrupt cache can be a nasty thing.<br><br>Use of Mozilla, Netscape, or Camino in the past can cause problems my brother claims. Using them concurrently might be a bigger problem (i.e., still have the app or innards just installed).<br><br>I'd search pref file in ~/Library/Preferences looking for anything with the words Netscape, AOL, Mozilla, or ???zilla. There shouldn't be one. Using "find" takes 15 seconds.<br><br>Trashing InternetConfig sometimes works for virtually any telecomm problem if related. ~/Library/Preferences. The unhappy outcome of that will, however, be to reinter everything in Network.<br><br>The Dummy User (mine's called "Test") idea of Bryan's is good. It's not my favorite "user" but I wouldn't leave home without it. ;)<br><br>That "pluginreg.dat" that's at same directory level as "Profiles" can get messed up if you use GraphicConverter or Photoshop as your main graphics app versus Preview. I'd toss it anyway. Painless. Means a 15 second return to site. If bookmarks mean much I've move them elsewhere before trashing Profiles.<br><br>Foxfire for a while live in "Phoenix" on a Mac. I forget where that came from. I'd certainly trash it wherever you find it. (Bug in early beta?)<br><br>Using List View in /Library/Internet Plug-ins is worth a trip on its own account. I view in date changed order.<br><br>Perhaps the best trick my dad taught me was to do what you think is a complete install, make sure Console is clean, then check it later. Also you can search for changed files. I'd wait five minutes, launch it, then search with "Find" for whatever is appropriate. I'd include invisible files in any searches. <br><br>Corrupt files tend to do weird things.<br><br>I'd toss ~/Library/Cookies just for the fun of it if it's had a mod recently. I don''t have a clue what it does but it always reappears. LOL<br><br>I'd search for any install logs, change logs, or docs that don't live in App Support. Somethings wind up in the wrong place. Searching for FireFox and stopping is probably not the best idea, but this fits into other comments above.<br><br>Don't mean to insult your abilities with "Find" but I always use partial words and always look for visable and invisible (unless I can't find something useful.). In the case of FoxFire I'd guess "zilla" would work better than "xfir" but who knows.<br><br>End of my bag of tricks. Expert? Nope. I've been enjoying spectacular crashes with Camino, Mozilla and FoxFire since the days when I definitely knew better. ;)<br><br>Good luck!<br><br><br><br>"I was born not knowing and have only had a little time to change that here and there." Richard P. Feynman
Perhaps you installed the same bum teaching software as I did (Pearson Prentice Hall's TestGen software). The problem seems to be two-fold: (1) with my own profile directory and (2) with the system's Internet plugins directory. To resolve it, I deleted my own profile and cleaned up the system Internet plugins directory.<br><br>Since I didn't determine exactly where in my profile things were going wrong, I saved only my bookmarks from my profile (the file "~/Library/Application\ Support/Firefox/Profiles/XXXXXXXX.default/bookmarks.html", where "XXXXXXXX" is a string of random characters particular to your install). This meant I had to reinstall plugins, recheck old options, setup my start page anew, and so forth. A more careful examination of the problem might find just those files that are affected in the profile.<br><br>Steps:<br><br>0. Backup your bookmarks file (if you so desire).<br><br>1. Delete your profile. From a terminal, do "rm -rf ~/Library/Application\ Support/Firefox/"<br><br>2. Delete Firefox. Drag the Firefox icon, wherever it may live, to the trash. It's probably in your Applications folder.<br><br>3. Clean up the system plugins directory. Look in "/Library/Internet\ Plug-Ins". The crap teaching software I installed created files with "TGEQ" in them. To remove all of these, I did "sudo rm -f /Library/Internet\ Plug-Ins/*TGEQ*" from a terminal. If you have different software, your files may be different, so look around in here for what doesn't belong. My Internet plugins directory looks like this when I do "ls -1F /Library/Internet\ Plug-Ins/":<br><br>DRM Plugin.bundle/<br>Flash Player.plugin/<br>Java Applet Plugin Enabler*<br>Java Applet.plugin/<br>JavaPluginCocoa.bundle/<br>NP-PPC-Dir-Shockwave<br>QuickTime Plugin.plugin/<br>RealPlayer Plugin<br>RealPlayer Plugin.xpt<br>Windows Media Plugin/<br>flashplayer.xpt<br>nsIQTScriptablePlugin.xpt<br><br>The DRM plugin comes from Apple, Flash and Java are OK, Quicktime is fine, RealPlayer is fine, and Windows Media is fine. I don't know what nsIQTScriptablePlugin is, but it seems to be OK.<br><br>4. Reinstall Firefox and see if it works. If so, things are good and you can import your bookmarks, reinstall all your favorite extensions, and generally go on with your life.<br><br>Basically, hats off to Pearson Prentice Hall's Instructor Resource Center CD, and most especially the exquisitely well-written TestGen software (which, by the way, insists on closing all other applications before it will install because clearly only one application should run at a time since this is obviously the best thing for computing).<br><br>
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