Upgrading to Firefox 0.9 on Mac OS X

by brian d foy

Related link: http://www.mozilla.org/products/firefox/

I upgraded to Firefox 0.9 yesterday. I followed the instructions to install it (drag it into the applications folder), but it did not copy my preferences and bookmarks like it should have (and said it would). The "File> Import..." menu option seemed to do something although I am not sure what.

No matter: the Firefox team explains the change in the release notes. In previous versions, the profile folder is in ~/Library/Pheonix/Profiles, and in 0.9 it shows up in ~/Library/Application Support/Firefox/Profiles.

I copied my old profile folder (all of which have hard to guess names like "wf4na7m9.0ls") to the new location, then edited the ~/Library/Application Support/Firefox/profile.ini file to change the name of the default profile to the one I just copied.

Everything seems to be working fine. My bookmarks and cookies show up like I expect them. Once the initial flood of downloads end, I will reinstall the plug-ins too.


2004-06-17 09:15:36
loving firefox
i started off by putting it on my windows machine at work, but resisted on the mac for a long time. this most most recent edition, however, is giving safari a serious run for its money. it seems much faster and the extensions (adblocker et. al.) are just amazing.
2004-06-19 22:29:22
loving firefox
I was using Firefox 0.8 and loved it. I downloaded 0.9 and it doesn't work. I'm using OS X 10.3.4. I did not delete 0.8 before installing 0.9. After getting the profile dialog, my Firefox icon comes and goes every few seconds in my dock and force quit dialog. But I can't force quit it, and I can't use it. What did I do wrong? I really want to move up to 0.9. But 0.8 still works just fine.
2004-08-05 04:56:04
loving firefox
Jbazan, I got the exact same issue. Was actually looking for some solutions on the forum - no luck so far.
Please let me know if got a fix for this at some point.


2004-08-06 12:22:41
loving firefox
I had this problem as well, until I dragged the firefox icon to the applications folder. Then, when run from the applications directory, everything worked fine. The install documentation should mention this, but it doesn't.