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Potential solution to Chimera crash on launch Web Browsers
Today I suddenly was afflicted by the "crash on launch" problem that I have seen other complain about. I also stumbled across a solution that worked for me, but of course YMMV. It exploits a "trick" I learned a while back when using NSCA Mosiac on Solaris -- and had no idea it would work in OS X until I started poking around....

Here is an abbreviated list of the steps that restored Chimera to its old (new?) self: (Yes, you will have to use the Terminal. Sorry!)
  1. From your home directory, type cd .mozilla/Profile/Chimera
  2. Find the funny-named directory that ends in '.slt' and cd into it.
  3. Type ls -laF and look for a file named lock@. It is a symblic link.
  4. Remove the file it is pointing to. In my case, I typed rm
  5. Restart Chimera and enjoy!
Again, I cannot promise this will work for everyone, but it worked for me twice now, whereas reinstalling older or newer versions of Chimera (including from the nightly build) did not.
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Re: Potential solution to Chimera crash on launch
Authored by: fabrizio on Jun 08, '02 01:20:24PM

I didn\'t find the file \"lock@\" mentioned in the hint. However I removed the whole directory \"home/.mozilla\" and finally I can use Chimera!!! :-) Thank you very much!!!

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It works - one error though
Authored by: bluehz on Jun 08, '02 05:17:49PM

WOOHOO!!! It works!!!

One small error in your hint...

The path to the directory is:

~/.mozilla/Profiles/Chimera not ~/.mozilla/Profile/Chimera

Also - I had no luck finding the actual linked file pointed to by the symlink - but deleting the symlink solved the problem also.

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Importing Bookmarks
Authored by: xLEE on Jun 09, '02 02:23:51AM

I have found that I get this problem every time I import my bookmarks. Because my bookmarks originated from omniweb it has some strange attributes inside of the tags, that chimera chokes on when trying to import them, or reed them.

This may be a cause of other peoples problems with chimera. I now have to manually follow links inside my bookmaks file and then add them using chimera, what a pain.

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chimera profiles folder moved
Authored by: pascalpp on Sep 22, '02 09:05:02PM
I'm using Chimera 0.5, and was having the same problem, but didn't find a .mozilla directory in my home folder. But after running find . -name '*lock*' from my home directory, i figured out that Chimera has moved its profiles folder to Library/Application Support/Chimera/Profiles/ Look in there if you are having this same problem.

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