HOWTO: Firefox, fix profile in use

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If you use Firefox and sometime you can have a strange error that prevents its execute:

“Firefox is already running, but is not responding. To open a new window, you must first close the existing Firefox process, or restart your system” (on OS X: “A copy of Firefox is already open. Only one copy of Firefox can be opened at a time”).

A window like the one below will appear:

No worries, the solution is pretty simple. It’s enough to delete these files:

  • Linux: ~/.mozilla/firefox/.parentlock and ~/.mozilla/firefox/lock
  • OSX: ~/Library/Mozilla/.parentlock
  • Windows: %APPDATA%Mozillaparent.lock

Once deleted those files, launch again Firefox and it should work. If not, drop me a comment.

PS: Stefano, diegor has come back :)


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