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Re: Opening 2 Firefox profiles

On Wed, 2007-01-03 at 13:27, Michael Holstein wrote:
> I'm on Linux 2.6.17 (Ubuntu), and the -ProfileManager switch works fine 
> for me, regardless of what windows are open.

Interesting. As a variety of sources have said "Linux is not an
operating system," it's kernel, and there are many incompatibilities
between various distributions.

> Did you check the box "always ask which profile when starting firefox" 
> the first time you created the 2nd profile?

The "Don't ask at startup" box in the profile manager dialog is NOT
checked, so it comes up each time I open a window, provided no other
window is already open. When I made the second profile I experimented
and checked the box. With it checked Firefox would always start with the
selected profile and not show the profile manager dialog. The
-ProfileManager switch, would force the profile manager dialog to
display, provided no other Firefox windows were already open. I'm not
aware any other related boxes, not on the dialog itself, but if there is
one that could be the problem.

George Shaffer

> ~Mike.
> George Shaffer wrote:
> > It may be easy on your system but not mine. I've read this works on
> > Windows. My experience is that it does not on Linux.
> > 
> > I've used -ProfileManager with firefox on the path, with the entire
> > explicit path to firefox, and switching to the firefox directory and
> > using ./firefox. I've tried this on Linux, CentOS 3.3 and 4.4, which
> > should be functionally identical to Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3.3 and
> > 4.4. I've even cut and pasted -ProfileManager from the Firefox Help: How
> > To Manage Profiles page to assure I was spelling and capitalizing it
> > correctly. The 3.3 system is much older but fully patched. The
> > -Profilemanager switch has never worked once any Firefox window is open.
> > On the 3.3 system, I have three quite different profiles, including one
> > specific to Tor, that I can switch between, but I've never succeeded in
> > opening two Firefox windows using different profiles at the same time.
> > 
> > If there is anyone who has solved this problem on a similar **Linux**
> > system, I'd like to know how.
> > 
> > Thank you,
> > 
> > George Shaffer
> > 
> > On Wed, 2007-01-03 at 08:51, Michael Holstein wrote:
> >> It's easy.
> >>
> >> Start your first instance of firefox as usual. Start the second one like 
> >> this : "/path/to/firefox -ProfileManager" and create a new profile (call 
> >> it TOR, or whatever). You'll need to reinstall plugins (eg: FoxyProxy, 
> >> NoScript, etc) under that new profile, but the settings are separate 
> >> from your "normal" one.
> >>
> >> Then just set up a shortcut to involke the second instance using the 
> >> -ProfileManager switch, and select the 2nd profile.
> >>
> >> GeorgeDS wrote:
> >>> On Tue, 2007-01-02 at 13:23, Michael Holstein wrote:
> >>>> The reason I suggested seperate Firefox profiles is you can have the 
> >>>> "anonymous" one and a "regular" one open at the same time, since routing 
> >>>> everything through TOR makes your highspeed connection more like dialup 
> >>>> (there's always a trade-off...).
> >>> If you could tell me how to do do this I'd really appreciate it. This
> >>> may vary with OS. I've tried multiple times on Linux (CentOS/Red Hat
> >>> Enterprise 3.4) and not succeeded. Once one or more Firefox windows are
> >>> open, the -ProfileManager flag does not appear to be recognized, so I've
> >>> been unable to find a way to get copies of Firefox using different
> >>> profiles to open at the same time. It's a real nuisance to have to close
> >>> a dozen tabs, to do a few things with Tor.
> >>>
> >>> Thanks.
> >>>
> >>> George Shaffer
> > 
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