We use current production (not beta / pre-release) releases of x86-64 Linux Mozilla Firefox (as well as Mozilla Thunderbird), not the distro ESR version. There are a number of reasons for this that can be discussed under separate cover. The environment is SL7x.

Firefox often (almost always) fails to open, with the diagnostic:

[ykarant@localhost ~]$ /usr/lib64/firefox/firefox
XPCOMGlueLoad error for file /usr/lib64/firefox/libxul.so:
libmozgtk.so: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory
Couldn't load XPCOM.

A simple script "fixes" the problem. I keep the run directory /usr/lib64/firefox that has the installed compressed tarball files duplicated in /usr/lib/firefox-current , and then as root superuser rm -rf the run directory followed by a directory copy of the duplicate directory into a new copy of the run directory.

Does anyone know what causes current standard production firefox from "destroying"
/usr/lib64/firefox/libxul.so ?

Yasha Karant

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