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Firefox Issues Starting 7/3/11

by Jimmy Greystone / July 3, 2011 11:50 AM PDT

Just upgraded my OS, and it seems after doing so I am unable to get Firefox to work with the forums here. Any link/button associated with a script does not work. I've even gone as far as setting NoScript to allow all scripts on the page temporarily, and it still doesn't work. Every other site I visit, including those with a bunch of pointless JavaScript based nonsense to try and look "cool" work so I'm inclined to think that the fault lies in the scripts used at Cnet and not Firefox.

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Your version of OS X apparently does matter,
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / July 3, 2011 11:51 PM PDT

in that Firefox 5.0 was working under Snow Leopard but not working under Lion.

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Except that it makes no sense
by Jimmy Greystone / July 4, 2011 6:07 AM PDT

Except that it makes no sense. Firefox is a self-contained program. Rendering engine, JavaScript engine, everything... It doesn't rely on anything from the OS except for maybe the JVM, which honestly shouldn't be necessary because Chrome and Safari both still work, and we're talking JavaScript not Java.

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No problems here...
by John.Wilkinson / July 4, 2011 6:21 AM PDT

But then again, I don't use OS X very often. Initial thoughts:

1.) See if it happens on other CNET sites, such as CNET News or CNET Downloads. It could be other JS on the page causing an issue, such as from a targeted ad.
2.) Since you have development experience, check Firebug to see if any JS errors are occurring. (Shouldn't be necessary, but since you have the knowledge...)
3.) Try creating a new profile in Firefox, not just Safe Mode. Some settings persist even in Firefox's Safe Mode.

John

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Looks like it was me
by Jimmy Greystone / July 4, 2011 9:01 AM PDT

Looks like it was me. Still don't know what exactly happened, but it appears to have been some kind of profile corruption within Firefox. The odd part is, I could copy over a working profile from a clone of my drive I made just before upgrading, and that wouldn't work. I could even grab a time machine backup from like a week ago, and that wouldn't work. I let Firefox create a new profile and it works.

And just a FYI, P, for when Lion is released to the masses... Looks like Apple took to hiding the Library folders. They still exist if you know the path or go poking around with the command line, but Finder will hide them. So you'll want to be ready to adjust any of your bag of tricks to take this into account.

In any case, as I was clearly wrong, I'll take this opportunity to apologize to the Cnet devs for my hasty accusation. As odd as it seemed that only one site, and then only a subset of links within that site, wouldn't work, I made the accusation before trying a clean profile which ultimately resolved the issue.

This too may be a useful dry run for when Lion is released to the masses. Odds are I won't be the only one, because as I was watching the install log, I noticed a bunch of post processing on Library folders. Whether or not that had anything to do with my issue, and why it wouldn't be cured by copying over a backup profile are all good questions we'll probably never know the answer to.

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(NT) Thanks for the Library tip
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / July 4, 2011 9:21 AM PDT
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I would just say
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / July 4, 2011 9:55 PM PDT
In reply to: Looks like it was me

no need to apologise.

We all know how these things work, or not as the case may be. One CNET forum update a while ago disabled my access to the forums altogether except read-only, and I was one of two that was affected, but no-one else. So when you've considered everything else and only CNET remains, its a natural thought.

Glad you're back up and running.

Mark

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