"0x80004005 NS_ERROR_FAILURE [nslStringBundle.formatStringFromName]" error message on open

Bug #173554 reported by Josh Wilson on 2007-12-03
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
firefox (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Binary package hint: firefox

When I open FireFox I get an error box w/ the above message.

ProblemType: Bug
Architecture: i386
Date: Sun Dec 2 20:57:38 2007
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 7.10
NonfreeKernelModules: nvidia ath_hal
Package: firefox
PackageArchitecture: i386
SourcePackage: firefox
Uname: Linux strumpet 2.6.22-14-generic #1 SMP Sun Oct 14 23:05:12 GMT 2007 i686 GNU/Linux

Alexander Sack (asac) wrote :

this is almost certainly triggered by some extension you have installed.

Start firefox without extensinos loaded by running from the command line:

  firefox -safe-mode

... if that helped, disable your extensions one by one in the tools -> addons dialog until your problem goes away.

  - Alexander

Changed in firefox:
status: New → Invalid

Removed extension forecast fox and error message has resolved itself. Thanks!

Mark Tomich (tomichm) wrote :

FYI, this problem appears to be caused by a permissions issue in your home directory. For instance, if you start Firefox by using "sudo firefox", some files in your Firefox profile directory will become owned by "root:root". To fix, run the following:

sudo chown -R $(id -u):$(id -g) ~/.mozilla/firefox/

Alternately, to avoid this problem in the future, be sure to use "sudo -H firefox" to set the root user's home directory before starting Firefox (disclaimer: you should avoid running Firefox as root).

Mark Tomich (tomichm) wrote :

to fix without disabling extensions, try running:

sudo chown -R $(id -u):$(id -g) ~/.mozilla/firefox/

goto (gotolaunchpad) wrote :


The exception / the bug is trown / produced, if you have NON UTF8 chars - Special Chars eg.: ÄüöÜß ... within your .properties file

(cost me about 2 hours to find this out!)

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