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Re: Workaround for Firefox crashiness

On Sat, 2 Feb 2008 17:26:28 +0100
Rhialto <> wrote:

> On Wed 30 Jan 2008 at 12:31:58 -0500, Jared D. McNeill wrote:
> > Basically, firefox runs out of file descriptors and freaks out.
> > Maybe it's a side effect of having lots of fonts installing from
> > pkgsrc, I'm not sure. In any case, bumping openfiles before
> > launching firefox has made the problem disappear for me.
> I'll try that on my amd64 machine. I always had the impression that
> the problem is much, much worse on amd64. Trying to use google maps
> would be a surefire way to crash firefox on my amd64 machine, but it
> works fine on my i386 machine. (Strangely enough, with older firefox
> and older NetBSD (2.0) it also works fine at work on an amd64 box).
I have no problems with Firefox on my amd64 -- well, no more than the
memory leak issue I mentioned.  Then again, I've had the number of file
descriptors set to 256 for a very long time, so perhaps that's the
issue.  (I also increase assorted memory limits in my .profile -- check
that, too.)

                --Steve Bellovin,

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