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Firefox command line option "-no-remote" doesn't work with profile.

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I want to run the stripped version of firefox in background with one application and another full version of firefox for normal browsing. I have created the profile for the stripped version of firefox and loading the same using command firefox -P "stripped" -no-remote/firefox -no-remote -P "stripped". But when I start the full version of firefox by launcher "firefox" than it directly loads the stripped version even used the -no-remote option with profile. So I have created launcher for firefox and used the -no-remote with default profile like "firefox -no-remote". It works when first time I click on launcher but for second click it shows the message "Firefox instance is running, or not responding. close the firefox and restart the system". I have gone through the online available documents that suggests that use the -no-remote option with profile so the default profiles works correctly. But -no-remote option doesn't work with the profile. So is there any way to launch the full version of firefox by launcher on second click on launcher?

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You can't launch two instances of Firefox that use the same profile folder. If you want to run them at the same time then each instance need a separate profile.

See http://kb.mozillazine.org/Opening_a_new_instance_of_Firefox_with_another_profile

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Yes, I used separate profiles only. But the -no-remote option doesn't work as mentioned http://kb.mozillazine.org/Opening_a_new_instance_of_Firefox_with_another_profile.

Please find below the command what I am using

firefox -P "stripped" -no-remote firefox

If I use the above command than the new firefox window get the configuration from the stripped even if I have used the -no-remote.

I use the -no-remote with firefox default than it works for the first time. I have created the launcher for firefox default. So if I click second time on launcher than it doesn't work.


firefox -P "stripped" firefox -no-remote (But doc on link -> http://kb.mozillazine.org/Opening_a_new_instance_of_Firefox_with_another_profile) says do not use the -no-remote with default.

Do you have any idea why this is happening?

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If you do not specify a profile then Firefox will use the profile that is marked as Default=1 in the file profiles.ini If that is that same "stripped" profile then you will have a problem. What is meant with the default profile is what is selected in profiles.ini as default and also which profile is started without the -no-remote switch. Both need to be the same and the profile that you use for the -no-remote instance should not be set as the default in profiles.ini

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