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Cant start Firefox, profile missing or inaccessible error


Ubuntu 12.10. Error occured after OS restore. I can run firefox with sudo firefox, but when i run it from unity panel I see the error message.

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Try to delete the profiles.ini file to force Firefox to create a new default profile.

Can't you launch the Profile Manager by adding a space and the -P switch to the command line?

See "Creating a profile":