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Firefox profile is incapable or missing

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I've tried deleting the firefox profile folders and launching the application. Still get the same error message. I tried deleting all firefox files, restarted and reinstalled and still get the same error message. I had Sophos Home installed and removed that and it still did not fix the problem. Also when i try to launch the profile manager via terminal it still just gives me the profile error message. This is extremely annoying.

I've tried deleting the firefox profile folders and launching the application. Still get the same error message. I tried deleting all firefox files, restarted and reinstalled and still get the same error message. I had Sophos Home installed and removed that and it still did not fix the problem. Also when i try to launch the profile manager via terminal it still just gives me the profile error message. This is extremely annoying.

Chosen solution

I found a way to fix whatever permissions got corrupted in order to have firefox create a new profile. Basically, I deleted the firefox files in my library folder then followed the directions on this link and got it to work.

https://appletoolbox.com/2016/07/fix-corrupt-user-accounts-macos/#For_macOS_Sierra_High_Sierra

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FredMcD
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You may have a corrupt profiles.ini file. Close Firefox. Open your file browser to this hidden location:

  • Mac: *~/Library/Application Support/Firefox/
  • Linux: *~/.mozilla/firefox/
  • Windows: %AppData%\Mozilla\Firefox\
  • *C:\Users\<user>\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\

Locate the profiles.ini file. Then rename or delete it. Use this new profile as is. Is the problem still there?

You may have a corrupt '''profiles.ini''' file. '''Close Firefox.''' Open your file browser to this hidden location: * Mac: *~/Library/Application Support/Firefox/ * Linux: *~/.mozilla/firefox/ * Windows: %AppData%\Mozilla\Firefox\ * *C:\Users\<user>\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\ Locate the '''profiles.ini''' file. Then rename or delete it. Use this new profile '''as is. ''' Is the problem still there?

Question owner

I deleted all the files, but still getting the same error message.

I deleted all the files, but still getting the same error message.
FredMcD
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Use these links to create a new profile. Use this new profile '''as is. ''' Is the problem still there? http://kb.mozillazine.org/Profile_folder_-_Firefox#Navigating_to_the_profile_folder https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/profile-manager-create-and-remove-firefox-profiles https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/how-run-firefox-when-profile-missing-inaccessible https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/back-and-restore-information-firefox-profiles

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Okay I've tried all these things. I deleted basically every firefox related folder I could find, including the files mentioned in these articles. I also deleted the application and did a full restart of my mac, then tried to reinstall. Still got the profile missing error message. I also tried to activate the profile manager through terminal, but got the same message.

Okay I've tried all these things. I deleted basically every firefox related folder I could find, including the files mentioned in these articles. I also deleted the application and did a full restart of my mac, then tried to reinstall. Still got the profile missing error message. I also tried to activate the profile manager through terminal, but got the same message.
FredMcD
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I called for more help.

I called for more help.

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Thanks for the help, hopefully something is figured out

Thanks for the help, hopefully something is figured out

Chosen Solution

I found a way to fix whatever permissions got corrupted in order to have firefox create a new profile. Basically, I deleted the firefox files in my library folder then followed the directions on this link and got it to work.

https://appletoolbox.com/2016/07/fix-corrupt-user-accounts-macos/#For_macOS_Sierra_High_Sierra

I found a way to fix whatever permissions got corrupted in order to have firefox create a new profile. Basically, I deleted the firefox files in my library folder then followed the directions on this link and got it to work. https://appletoolbox.com/2016/07/fix-corrupt-user-accounts-macos/#For_macOS_Sierra_High_Sierra
FredMcD
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That was very good work. Well done.

That was very good work. Well done.