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I'm using Firefox 3.5.9 in Ubuntu 9.10. The "Clear recent history" menu item on the Tools menu is greyed out. I tried launching Firefox using sudo from the command line, but no luck. What gives?

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I'm having the exact same problem here. – Luke May 24 '10 at 4:43
The FBI are onto you and have locked your browsing history for further investigation. Agents will be dispatched to recover the information shortly. – May 29 '10 at 1:56
never start firefox as sudo. you will end up with a profile (and a history) in /root folder. – barraponto Oct 17 '10 at 23:29
up vote 2 down vote accepted

Found problem. Under Privacy the box was checked with Always Start Firefox in a Private Browsing Session. [...] Unchecked it and the tabs came back.

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