[solved] firefox user settings not saving

I am a linux noob. So the answer to this is probably very obvious, but I haven't found it through googling, searching these forums or the arch wiki. I am having the same problem with most of my applications actually. The problem is that my firefox personal settings are not saving. When I reboot all of the addons are gone, the tabs are back on top, and everything is reset as if this were the first time I've run the program. I'm having a similar problem with lxpanel. I suspect it has something to do with post-installation home directory config files and not knowing what to do for each program. The only setup I've done for firefox is # yaourt -S firefox-esr. A whereis firefox-esr yields only /usr/bin/firefox-esr. Just the executable file itself I guess.
Although the arch wiki firefox page doesn't seem to specifically mention losing all settings there is something about setting a download location that caught my eye: XDG directories:
It says to create ~/.config/user-dirs.dirs and add:
XDG_DESKTOP_DIR="/home/<user>/"
XDG_DOWNLOAD_DIR="/home/<user>/<dir>"
XDG_TEMPLATES_DIR="/home/<user>/<dir>"
XDG_PUBLICSHARE_DIR="/home/<user>/<dir>"
XDG_DOCUMENTS_DIR="/home/<user>/<dir>"
XDG_MUSIC_DIR="/home/<user>/<dir>"
XDG_PICTURES_DIR="/home/<user>/<dir>"
XDG_VIDEOS_DIR="/home/<user>/<dir>"
I'm not sure if this has something to do with the temporary nature of my personal firefox settings, but it seems like a move in the right direction. I get that tip of the iceberg feeling though. I've been meaning to look up all of that freedesktop.org stuff including .desktop and .directory files and standard locations. I assume that this is part of that and not only for firefox specifically.
If anyone could point me in the right direction in terms of how to set up the user directories and files necessary for saving firefox settings I would be very grateful. Or maybe I installed the program wrong?
I am not using a desktop environmnt. Just (for the moment) pekwm, lxpanel, and idesk. Presumably that's part of the problem. That going modular is much more difficult for a Linux noob. If I were using kde or gnome I'm guessing a lot of this post-installation application setup would be done for me automatically.
edit: I just found this information on the location of the firefox profile in linux.  It says that profile folders are located in "~/.mozilla/firefox/<profile folder>". At first I thought I didn't have this folder, but I do. So I'm not sure why the settings and addons are not saving.
Last edited by pariahdog (2012-12-26 16:13:54)

For next time: https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Permissions
It might be a better idea to change permissions with "chown" : https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Permissions#chown
Last edited by 2ManyDogs (2012-12-26 17:01:45)

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