Subject: Re: pkg/31980: firefox-bin freezes the whole system
To: None <,,>
From: Jeremy C. Reed <>
List: pkgsrc-bugs
Date: 11/02/2005 16:34:02
The following reply was made to PR pkg/31980; it has been noted by GNATS.

From: "Jeremy C. Reed" <>
Subject: Re: pkg/31980: firefox-bin freezes the whole system
Date: Wed, 2 Nov 2005 08:33:15 -0800 (PST)

 On Wed, 2 Nov 2005 wrote:
 > For some time the firefox-bin has caused the whole system to freeze, 
 > when clicking a link on a web page while the system load is at 100%. I 
 > noticed this when I was compiling some packages on the background while 
 > surfing.
 > This problem has been there for a while. I have updated the OS and the 
 > firefox-bin since I first noticed the bug, and the problem still exists.
 I have had similar problems several times too (with NetBSD/i386 1.5.x, 
 1.6.x and 2.0.x). It has happened to me when I run out of swap. Sometimes
 I can ssh remotely in and kill X and recover. But sometimes, I can't even 
 ping the box.
 (This has happened to me several times when I have firefox running and 
 using up a lot of memory and also while compiling qt3-libs.)
 Can you reproduce this and check your swap and memory usage?
 pkgsrc/sysutils/free is useful and also "swapctl -sk".
 Also is your firefox itself using up too much memory too?
   Jeremy C. Reed
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