mozex (was Re: Linux.ie as a Wiki (was Re: [ILUG]
AGM Annoucement) )
rick at linuxmafia.com
Fri Oct 1 18:04:38 IST 2004
Quoting Gareth Eason (bigbro at skynet.ie):
> Did you run Forefox once as root after installing?
> There are some issues (or at least used to be) about creation of
> directories and system-wide config files. So it's a good idea to run
> Firefox once as root after installing it, before trying to run it as any
> other user.
I would never knowingly run a Web browser as root. That's an awful
idea, in my view.
Firefox shares a design defect with some other Web browsers that some
system directories that need to be user-writeable to allow installation
of add-in / extension software are root-owned by default. A prudent
user, upon observing failure of extension installation, notices which
directory trees are affected, and then chgrps or chowns as necessary.
At various points, on my workstations, I've had to make that correction
to /usr/lib/mozilla-firefox/ , /var/lib/mozilla-firefox/ , and possibly
some other locations. But it's really not difficult to find and fix the
trees in question.
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