firefox 21.0: "Your Firefox profile cannot be loaded. It may be missing or inaccessible"

Asked by 11 months ago
Since I upgraded to firefox 21, I've been unable to start it. It stops loading with "Your Firefox profile cannot be loaded. It may be missing or inaccessible". I have tried shifting .mozilla out of the way (so that firefox will create a new one) and that does not fix it. When it runs, firefox creates ~/.mozilla/firefox/ (but nothing else) and gives the same error message. I have tried cleaning everything in /usr/local/ and /var/db/ports/ and then rebuilding all ports but without any luck. There must be something simple I've done wrong but I can't figure it out. $ uname -a FreeBSD mylar.luckie.org.nz 9.1-RELEASE-p3 FreeBSD 9.1-RELEASE-p3 #0: Mon Apr 29 18:11:52 UTC 2013 root [ at ] amd64-builder.daemonology.net:/usr/obj/usr/src/sys/GENERIC i386 $ ident /usr/ports/www/firefox/Makefile /usr/ports/www/firefox/Makefile: $FreeBSD: www/firefox/Makefile 318394 2013-05-17 17:43:21Z flo $

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Answer by 11 months ago
That was it! Thanks very much! Odd, the directory was created Nov 29 2009.
Answer by 11 months ago
On Sat, Jun 01, 2013 at 02:11:39PM -0700 I heard the voice of Matthew Luckie, and lo! it spake thus: I had this happen on one box where my ~/.cache/ was owned by root (and so not writable by me). I had to resort to digging around ktrace to find it, thanks to the "helpful" FF error message.