Firefox seems to be resetting the home page every so often (2nd Attempt)


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Let's try this again.

I've looked for a while for a resolution to this, but have found nothing.
The OS seems to be resetting my homepage in FIrefox to

Can someone please tell me how to stop this from happening? I like this distro, but it has to respect my decisions for me to love it.

What I know:
It happens after I restart my PC almost every time (but not always)
It happens after some updates
I can't pin down the update it happens on, so it may not be that.

I don't have FireDragon on my PC anymore (one of the first things I got rid of), but I don't know if those settings are still saved somewhere.

EDIT: It also turns off my "Use autoscrolling" option.

Possibly related bug report. Old and never confirmed anyway...

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It's Garuda doing this. I would be fine with you changing my title if it wasn't a Garuda website that it's being changed to over and over again. I know for a fact that other people are having this issue.

This is Garuda PKGBUILD for Firefox.

It just install Firefox and some extensions.
For sure there will be a configuration for the homepage in the common settings maybe, but the concept is that bug could reset the user configuratios with the default one, which have our start page in this case, but could have been anything else

If you make such claims, you should be able to prove them clearly.

If you can't, you should definitely change the operating system. Please.


Where are you changing this setting?

Here, in the GUI?

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Yes, in the GUI

What is the output of ls -l ~/.mozilla/firefox/profiles.ini?

.rw-r--r-- 259 USER 17 Mar 17:56  /home/USER/.mozilla/firefox/profiles.ini

Hmm, that looks right actually (I'm guessing "USER" is your username).

Is USER the owner of the rest of the files in ~/.mozilla and ~/.mozilla/firefox as well?

If your settings are correct, it might be worth working through the steps listed out on the Mozilla help page for this issue:

Yes, that USER is the same owner and is my username.

I'll run through that troubleshooting. I'm still not sure why it would reset to if it is a Firefox problem, though.

As far as I can see (I'm not a developer), there is a package called "garuda-browser-settings", which includes between others this file, where the homepage is defined:

According to the PKGBUILD of that package, that file is copied into:
and this way this becomes a kind of standard Garuda configuration.
As far as I know, user preferences, such as the homepage, are stored in files inside the home directory (within the profile directory), so this should not be touched by those standard default configs, nor should be overwritten at firefox or garuda-browser-settings updates.
Configurations of course can be somehow "locked", and this is explained here:
but I haven't found traces of those system-wide configurations.
That's why I still believe that a possible firefox bug, resetting (some) user preferences with the system preferences, could take the values from that all-companyname.js above.


I attempted to recreate this by installing Firefox, changing the homepage, and rebooting but in my case it preserved the change I made. This leads me to believe you are experiencing a bug, or there is something askew with your configuration.

I can understand where this sentiment comes from. On the surface, it appears that Garuda is overwriting whatever value you have stored in that homepage. The reality is much less sinister; the package ships with default values that are stored in system files, while user-specific settings are stored in dot files in the home folder.

Even when you "change" these settings, the system files are not changed--they are just overwritten by your user-specific values when that user launches the browser. When Firefox is not able to properly retrieve your user-specific settings, the system defaults are used.

There are so many hits doing a search for this issue, on every imaginable OS and over the course of many versions. I'm not sure why this happens to Firefox, but I do not believe this is a Garuda bug.


If it was a Garuda bug, we would have multiple reports, since Firefox user base is not just a few users...