Firefox only runs as root--help!

Paulette McGee paulette_mcgee at
Sat Mar 3 04:35:15 UTC 2007

--- "Dr. Jennifer Nussbaum" <bg271828 at>

> This is a resend of something i sent to the
> freebsd-gnome list a few days
> ago, but there wer no answers and i think its a real
> problem, so i hope
> no one minds.
> I have a new install of FreeBSD 6.2, and installed
> Gnome 2.16 and other things, including Firefox 2.0,
> from Ports. 
> Firefox only runs as root. Every time. I Googled and
> saw that in an early
> version there was a problem that it had to be run
> the _first_ time as root
> but after that it was OK, but thats not the problem
> here--it ONLY runs as
> root all the time. If I type "firefox" on the
> command line it 
> just immediately returns to the command line, no
> error messages 
> of any sort, nothing in /var/log/messages.
> When run as root it seems to be fine. The binary has
> execute 
> permissions for everyone.
> What do i need to be doing?
> Thanks!
> Jen
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What happens if you type "firefox" on the command line
as a normal user?

Paulette McGee

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