Firefox menus unresposive, output Usage:program_name [address][:port]

Bug #528798 reported by theking2 on 2010-02-27
This bug affects 3 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
firefox-3.0 (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Binary package hint: firefox-3.0

Firefox 3.6 Namoroka's menu's are nearly unresponsive (menues appear after 5-6 sec after click). The following output is created in the console from where firefox was started:

 Usage:program_name [address][:port]

firefox was completely remove and reinstalled. all plugins were removed the settings folder .mozilla was removed.

theking2 (johannes-kingma) wrote :

The reason for this problem was the ommision of localhost in /etc/hosts. After adding this line Firefox and the menus worked fine again.

dencrypt (dencrypt) wrote :

If this does not work you may be missing your lo in ifconfig.

# ifconfig lo

Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

Status changed to 'Confirmed' because the bug affects multiple users.

Changed in firefox-3.0 (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Robert Jansen (brennerlars) wrote :

This problem is years old now . It was reported in 2010. It took three (3) whole years before it got 'confirmed'. Now that was more than a year ago. Is their any chance of this being 'solved' or 'diagnosed' or something promising like that in the years to come ? Or is to remain 'confirmed' forever.
In the meantime rebooting crappy Ubuntu Linux machines multiple times a day because that is the only temporary 'solution' to this 'confirmed' problem.

The problem is not caused by /etc/hosts nor by addons nor an old profile. Even with a fresh install of Firefox and a completely new profile without addons the problem persists. The problem occurs on Xubuntu 12.04. ( I'm back on 12.04 and skipping 14.04 because of the huge number of bugs and problemes in that release ).

I used to actually promote Ubuntu and Linux. Can't really remember why actually, the reason must be buried under a the accumulated mountain of frustration.

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