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Re: firefox is regularly dying

--- On Sun, 4/12/09, Robert P. J. Day <rpjday crashcourse ca> wrote:

> From: Robert P. J. Day <rpjday crashcourse ca>
> Subject: Re: firefox is regularly dying
> To: "For testers of Fedora Core development releases" <fedora-test-list redhat com>
> Date: Sunday, April 12, 2009, 10:49 AM
> On Sun, 12 Apr 2009, Christopher Beland wrote:
> > I often see Flash-using pages suck up a lot of CPU.  I
> have the
> > Flashkiller Firefox plugin installed, which might be
> helpful to
> > isolate the cause.  Though usually there is a separate
> process also
> > using a lot of CPU (but maybe not at the top of the
> list).
> > Sometime other animations (like animated GIFs or Java)
> can also use
> > a lot of CPU.
>   a couple observations.  i deleted the flash plugin from
> /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins, but that didn't solve the
> problem.
>   more amusingly, i've found a site that has invariably
> locked up
> firefox the last four times in a row i've gone there:
>   http://linux-kvm.org
Wen't there, saw this:

You tried to access the address http://linux-kvm.org/, which is currently unavailable. Please make sure that the Web address (URL) is correctly spelled and punctuated, then try reloading the page.
Make sure your Internet connection is active and check whether other applications that rely on the same connection are working.

> when i browse over there, the page starts loading, it
> displays but the
> progress bar shows that only about 90% has been loaded, at
> which point
> i get an I-beam cursor that i can move around, but nothing
> else works
> -- no virtual console, no switching virtual desktop, no
> Zapping X,
> nothing.
>   like i said, this has happened the last 4 times in a row,
> so i don't
> think it's a coincidence anymore.  can anyone else pop
> over there and
> see what happens?  it *used* to display fine, but not
> lately.
> rday
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Firefox has crashed on me before, and has frozen my machine, but I reboot and it starts working again.  I believe firefox segfaults.  

The best way to come up with something that can benefit all, is that we need to run firefox from comand line and get the output post it here and write bug reports if needed so that at least the firefox guys can look at it, or also run it in safe-mode with no plugins.  Since I am on holiday mode I have not updated or done anything, but when I get back, I will try to do something to help our cause.  But at the meantime there is not much that we can do.  

I for one, tried to do it, but the machine locked up(froze completely), that I could not save the output where it said that it segfaulted so I does me no good to say that it is a segfault, but I would bet 95% of the time that is what is happening.   I use konqueror more and more because of this, but it too has its share of problems, but in general it is working ok.  Opera is good too but not open source, I use it also.  So if one does not do its job, I go to the next one in line.  Ironically, after I started using Opera, firefox started working much better, like if it knew that I was dissatisfied with its performance?




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