[mythtv-users] OT - Unkillable Firefox Thread Problem
R. G. Newbury
newbury at mandamus.org
Tue Feb 17 23:01:15 UTC 2009
Members of this list have lots of arcane knowledge about linux, so maybe
someone can help me.
I moved the office desktop to Fedora 10 a week ago. I did an update from
firefox 3.04 to 3.0.6 (don't know if that is important or not...I
deleted the /usr/lib/firefox-3.0.4 folder) And late last week I lost the
ability to launch Firefox. I get an error box, saying that Firefox is
already running, and I must close the existing process or reboot.
1) 'ps -amx' shows NO firefox processes running, nor even any mozilla
2) there is one <defunct> Xsession, which top shows as a zombie (but I
have the same zombie process on the laptop, at about the same thread pid
number...and firefox opens fine on the laptop
3) there are NO unexpected lock files ANYWHERE
4) there are NO unexpected pid files ANYWHERE
5) REBOOTING DOES NOTHING TO DELETE THE 'existing' PROCESS...
What's going on here? Clearly the zombie process is being reinstated on
boot, but where/how? I have tried various cutdowns, including turning
off most daemon services but no joy...
So I have no idea where this weird process comes from, nor do I know how
it gets started and no idea what it is....since it does not appear to
show up in the process list. It must be hiding under some other process
name, but what? What process would call/start a browser?
Tux says: "Be regular. Eat cron flakes."
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