use of menus crashes Firefox?

Rob Farmer rfarmer at
Wed Jan 19 03:43:50 UTC 2011

On Tue, Jan 18, 2011 at 18:53, Keith Seyffarth <weif at> wrote:
> Chuck Swiger <cswiger at> writes:
>> On Jan 18, 2011, at 6:01 PM, Keith Seyffarth wrote:
>>> $ gdb --exec=firefox3
>>> This GDB was configured as
>>> "i386-marcel-freebsd"."/usr/local/bin/firefox3": not in executable
>>> format: File format not recognized
>> What does "file /usr/local/bin/firefox3" say?
> $ file /usr/local/bin/firefox3
> /usr/local/bin/firefox3: Bourne shell script text executable

Right - firefox3 is a script that sets up a couple environment
variables and runs the real binary. You need to gdb the real binary
(which is in /usr/local/lib/firefox or somesuch - its not in any
remotely normal $PATH). Since the environment stuff the script does is
required for it to start, temporarily editing the script and running
firefox3 is probably the easiest thing to do.

Rob Farmer

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