Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 435338
www.s.com as start page
Last modified: 2009-02-19 08:54:08 EST
Description of problem:
Whan firefox starts, it tries to show the (non-existent) page http://www.s.com.
If Firefox is killed, and then restarted, it loads the pages it was showing
before and also tries to show this one.
Edit -> Preferences -> Main has "Show my home page" and
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
firefox-3.0-0.beta3.29.nightly20080227.fc9.i386 (but has been happening for some
Steps to Reproduce:
Have you ever changed your homepage?
Some time back, Firefox showed only a blank page and I tried to get it to show
the default page, with no success (the place for the URL just was blank, and you
couldn't write into it, or at least it didn't stick). Some updates later, the
default homepage showed, then this http://www.s.com thing, then it worked again,
now it is again broken.
Any files I should move out of the way to make it "forget" this nonsense? (I'd
hate to loose passwords and such, but...).
Give me please output of this command
grep 'browser.startup.homepage' ~/.mozilla/firefox/*default/prefs.js
to see what you have officially set up there.
The official location of setting homepage is in prefs.js file found in your
profile directory, so you can try to move the file out of the way (just for
testing purposes and firefox has to be down when the move happens). Will it
help? Of course, manual removing of the offending line from the prefs.js should
However, the question is why in the world it got there in the first place...
www.s.com doesn't show in that file.
At first I thought it was some kind of leftover after fat-fingering an URL, but
I saw messages on fedora-devel-list complaining about the very same. Didn't get
around to report it until now.
I moved the prefs.js file to prefs.js.SAVE and tried again. X had gone south
(keyboard problem mapping ctrl-alt-Backspace to something like Uparrow?), so I
then started Firefox, asking for last session. True to form, it went to all the
open pages _and_ a new tab for www.s.com. Next, I started Firefox without the
old pages, start page is the (non-existent) http://www.s.com.
Edit -> Preferences -> Main shows blank for the homepage. Some nutty control
character snuck in there making Firefox "auto-complete" the http://www._.com
Maybe we should register that one, and rent the space for advertising ;-)
firefox-3.0-0.beta3.30.nightly20080228.fc9.i386, and still www.s.com
firefox-3.0-0.beta3.32.nightly20080301.fc9.i386, still the same.
firefox-3.0-0.beta3.33.nightly20080302.fc9.i386 and counting...
What happens if you back-up ~/.mozilla completely, move it some hidden location
and start the browser?
Moved .mozilla to SAVE.mozilla and started firefox again, did ask not to import
Edit -> Preferences -> Main -> When Minefeld starts has "Show my home page",
and ... -> Home Page is blank.
I guess I'll request another severity level, "Amusement Value" in Bugzilla ;-)
So it's the homepage somehow set in your profile. Closing as NOTABUG. Please
reopen if you find a way how to reproduce the "unchangeable" homepage problem.
No, it shows exactly the same problem. Sorry if that wasn't clear from comment 10.
if it's a bug the attach steps how to reproduce it after clear firefox
installation. Your broken local configuration isn't enough.
Sorry, I didn't understand comment 13. What do you want me to do?
I did see this in rawhide some time ago, seems to be fine now.
However the s in www.s.com must come from the following:
which for some reason don't expand the %s, however firefox expand the s to
Check your preferred application settings in the GNOME menu.
Right, running firefox from a gnome-terminal shows no http://www.s.com nonsense.
But it shows the start page twice...
Yes, my Gnome settings have '/usr/bin/firefox "%s"' as browser, is this a Gnome
(In reply to comment #16)
> Yes, my Gnome settings have '/usr/bin/firefox "%s"' as browser, is this a Gnome
> problem then?
Good idea -- let's blame control-center !
> Yes, my Gnome settings have '/usr/bin/firefox "%s"' as browser,
> is this a Gnome problem then?
Don't know, I set the default browser to Firefox from the list and now it works.
How does apps/packages get listed there in first place by gconf, desktop file or?
BTW: It believe I first saw this www.s.com problem with the firefox xulrunner split.
Could you check whether this happens when launched from the applications menu?
Does it only happen when launching it from the panel?
FWIW... I have the same problem running the latest builds obtained directly from
mozilla on Fedora 8 that I run from my home dir. I recently purged my .gconf
directories and .mozilla and it didn't fix anyting
Okay.... 5 seconds on google solves the problem for me
I deleted the directory where firefox was running from and unpacked the latest
tarball (3.0b5-2008-03-06). Everything works fine and no www.s.com for a start
page. This is on F8 BTW.
Re 19: Launched from the menu firefox shows the start page, as it should.
Re 20, 21: It definitely is the settings in the Gnome panel (see 16) that mess
things up. I wonder why it is set to '/usr/bin/firefox "%s"' in the first place,
there won't be any URL to substitute for %s when called from the panel.
It went away for some days, now it is back...
Found out that it seems to go for http://www.s.com only when using the nouveau
driver, and it goes to the Fedora start page with the nv driver.
Scratch #24, it again goes for http://www.s.com
(firefox-3.0-0.51.beta5rc2.fc9.i386, control-center-2.22.0-3.fc9.i386, nv driver)
Changing version to '9' as part of upcoming Fedora 9 GA.
More information and reason for this action is here:
*** Bug 446317 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
I saw this also on F9.
www.s.com is in ~/.mozilla/firefox/<your-profile-name>.default/sessionstore.js
firefox from menue is launched with "%u" and from the panel with "%s"
so the fix for me is panel-laucher with "%u" and a proper homepage of course.
It went away, now it is back... firefox-3.0-0.65.cvs20080416.fc10.i386
Sorry, add control-center-2.23.2-1.fc10.i386 to #29
It suddenly has the annoying habit of (trying to) show my homedir as a webpage. This is even worse than the idiocy of not finding http://www.s.com.
Wouldn't it be easier to just get the s.com domain, and install the default Fedora page there? ;-)
I'm seeing the same www.s.com startup page with firefox 3.0.5 on Fedora 10.
It's a problem in the preferred-apps.patch of gnome-panel which doesn't swap '%s' (as used in the control-center's preferred apps capplet and settings) with a %u.
Should be fixed in gnome-panel-2.25.3-5.fc11.
You may have to remove ~/.local/share/applications/preferred-web-browser.desktop to see it.
Right click on the firefox/Prefered Web Browser icon on the gnome-panel.
Click on properties
In the Launcher Proprties window , Delete the %s in the Command field
I think that should solve the problem.