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I am not sure if this behaviour can be recreated but this is the scenario I had.
I had Firefox 0.8 installed (I think by way of setup), and when 0.9 came out today (relatively), I downloaded it (i.e. the selfcontained zip version - not the installer) and extracted it to my previous firefox directory.

And just in case you wondering it was a "yes" to replace all files.

What resulted was a behaviour that I call the 'firefox dance'. Running the new firefox exe causes it to repeatedly kill itself and respawn a new firefox.exe process. <- Please note emphasis on repeatedly. Only way I could get out of that damn loop was by restarting the machine.

Posted on Wednesday, June 16, 2004 7:12 AM Misc | Back to top


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I installed 0.9 zip file into a clean directory. I have not experienced this problem.
Left by David Totzke on Jun 16, 2004 2:22 PM

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Didn't read the release notes? Says don't do that ;-) I'm waiting with the upgrade until all the extensions have been updated (having about 40 or so installed) :-))
Left by Sig Weber on Jun 16, 2004 5:30 PM

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>I installed 0.9 zip file into a clean directory. I have not experienced this problem.

I think, in that relies the fault. You should install it into a directory containing firefox 0.8

>Didn't read the release notes? Says don't do that ;-) I'm waiting with the upgrade until all the extensions have been updated (having about 40 or so installed) :-))

Oh yep! didnt read that. My expectation was, when the product is given as a zip, just extracting and running (no matter which folder) should work A-OK. Guess I was wrong
Left by Tariq on Jun 17, 2004 9:25 AM

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I usually don't RTFM but in this case I did because I had some trouble when going from 0.7 to 0.8 by just unzipping the files.

I'm still waiting for some of my favorite add-ins to become available (tabbed browsing, session saver and such) bevore I'm going to upgrade to 0.9.
Left by Sig Weber on Jun 18, 2004 2:33 PM

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hey TQ ;),
a general reply to all: try www.extensionroom.nl if you want extensions. I didn't want to upgrade to 0.9 without session saver. extensions.mozilla.org didn't list it, extensionroom did. So far, so good.

As for upgrading, I have the procedure all set. Even if they say don't bother, I automatically move signon, cookies, bookmarks, history, formhistory from my profile, create a new profile and install to a fresh directory. It lost me about 3 days to learn this, but hit me enough times over the head with a 2x4 and I learn :)

What you described happened to me upgrading Thunderbird to 0.7
Left by Thimal J on Jun 19, 2004 3:49 PM

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I had version 1.4X and had not performed any updating except through when Firefox stated it had updates available. I allowed the updates and all worked well until today. It worked this morning and stopped this afternoon. Clicking the icon had no effect. So i redownloaded and installed. It told me (2 times) that firefox.exe was running even though I had never seen it start.
Left by kites0852 on Jan 08, 2006 7:18 PM

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when I go to any URL it says that fireox is open already and i need to shut it down to be able to view this URL...WTF? Help me please
Left by delane on Feb 29, 2008 12:51 PM

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