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Ubuntu upgrade to Firefox 19.0.2 - profiles.ini overwritten

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After automatic update of Firefox from v. 19.0.1 to 19.0.2 profiles.ini was either deleted or overwritten and a new profile created.

Have to admit I got a bit scared at first, but luckily all the old profile folders was present and a manual update of profiles.ini fixed it.

My questions are if

  1. this was a freak accident or if it was an issue with the last upgrade.
  2. if anything could be compromised (security).
  3. if I frequently should back up profiles before upgrade.

Thanks.

Modified by Nickwiz2

Additional System Details

Installed Plug-ins

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  • Shockwave Flash 11.2 r202

Application

  • Firefox 19.0.2
  • User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Ubuntu; Linux i686; rv:19.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/19.0
  • Support URL: http://support.mozilla.org/1/firefox/19.0.2/Linux/en-US/

Extensions

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Javascript

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Modified Preferences

  • accessibility.typeaheadfind.flashBar: 0
  • browser.cache.disk.capacity: 358400
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  • privacy.sanitize.migrateFx3Prefs: True
  • security.warn_viewing_mixed: False

Misc

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  • Accessibility: Yes
iamjayakumars
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416 solutions 4930 answers

How did you installed your Firefox in ubuntu like PPA or in OPT


Create new profile and solve it. Problem may be happen because of your preferences.

Helpful Reply

@iamjayakumars: no PPA or OPT. Pure default. Has also gone trough at least 15 other upgrades on same system.

As I stated the problem is solved as in it is up and running again with old profiles, and "create new profile" was a side-effect not a solution.

No preference settings that should cause this.