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Re: [K12OSN] Firefox hainging for some users



Eric,
 
Thanks!  Just one question.  The "*", what happens if they have more than one directory under .mozilla/firefox?  A couple of students do (don't know why/how, but ..).  I guess I could create a simple for loop and then loop over the subdirectories of ~username/.mozilla/firefox and just remove any lock files.  I will let the tech teacher know and see if this solves it.
 
Sincerely,
Dave Hopkins
 
 
 
 
-------------- Original message --------------
From: Eric Harrison <eharrison mail mesd k12 or us>

> dahopkins comcast net wrote:
> > Another issue has now come up. aaarrgghhh!!! Some users, at random
> > it seems, are being locked out of using firefox. They get a message
> > that firefox is in use. This has been very sporadic (just a few
> > users) for about 3 weeks, but recently is getting worse. Simply
> > deleting .mozilla in their home directory allows firefox to start
> > again. So ... it is probably a lock on some file, but which one?
> > Better yet, would upgrading to 2.0 fix this without breaking
> > something else? And ... random thought, could it be beagleindex
> > grabbing the cache files or something? The users do not show firefox
> > running for them. I ha! ve the purge_user option set, so logging
> > on/off should kill any processes as well. Anyhow, the tech teacher
> > is now officially at wits end, as is this volunteer :) Sorry for
> > the problem, just aren't enough hours in my day at present to handle
> > everything it seems.
> >
> > Sincerely, Dave ...
> >
>
>
> I'll think through an automated solution, but in the meantime here is a
> manual one....
>
>
> If the user's firefox process dies a sudden death, it can leave a stale
> lock file around. If the user has no running firefox-bin processes (I'm
> pretty sure "pkill -u firefox-bin" would do the trick),
> you can safely remove the lock file:
>
> rm ~username/.mozilla/firefox/*/lock
>
>
> -Eric
>
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