Ubuntu garbage data increases exponentially

# Ubuntu garbage data increases exponentially ## Intro and context Hello. I am a power user that works in software and web development. I have been using Firefox on… (read more)

# Ubuntu garbage data increases exponentially
## Intro and context

Hello. I am a power user that works in software and web development. I have been using Firefox on and on for most my life, but full time as my main browser since late 2018. One thing I love Firefox for is its lightness on memory compared to that of Google Chrome, and also its open web standards, open source, privacy, ethical owners, and customizations. I have been using Windows 10 up until July 9th 2020 before I switched to my first main Linux desktop. I have always kept my eye on CPU and RAM usage, as high CPU drains battery and running out of RAM results in a system crash. I actively keep many tabs open (less than 100 but more than 60) I ensure that they are light. I mostly have GitHub tabs open, but I keep a few other things open as well, mostly Wikipedia/wiktionary and duckduckgo tabs, a pcloud (file service) tab, but sometimes a youtube tab or two (rarely a reddit tab)

## Issue

I have been noting that garbage collection is getting exponentially worse over time. When I got my laptop, I was able to keep 2-3 fully packed profiles open at all times, and never having to close Firefox until shutdown (after about 12-16 hours uptime) I rely heavily on Firefox profiles for organization. It has been getting exponentially worse. Starting in late 2020, I had to reduce the max number of open profiles to 2, and in 2021. In early January, I had to start closing the profiles once a day to free up 2-3+ GiB of RAM (swap doesn't change much, that is the garbage data that isn't being cleared, it normally ends up at 800 MiB to 1.7 GiB by the end of the day) and now (as of January 22nd 2021) I have to close Firefox 2-3 times a day to prevent my system from getting overloaded, as Firefox eats through 1-2 gigabytes of RAM per hour, even when idle. I have noticed several processes titled `web content` that use 200-600 MiB each (there is usually 2-7 of them) I am wondering what I can do for Firefox to prevent high RAM usage. For reference, here is my main profile in idle mode:

Mozilla is refusing to let me upload images right now, so I will link them

https://github.com/seanpm2001/seanpm2001/blob/master/FFTechSupport/Jan22/MProfile1_Idle_1.22.2021.png

Here is my usual 2nd profile in idle mode:

https://github.com/seanpm2001/seanpm2001/blob/master/FFTechSupport/Jan22/MProfile2_Idle_1.22.2021.png

Here is the RAM and SWAP usage before my 2nd refresh today (uptime: 8 hours 46 minutes)

https://github.com/seanpm2001/seanpm2001/blob/master/FFTechSupport/Jan22/FF_GF_Open_1.22.2021.png

And here it is with Firefox and Nautilus closed (I forgot about nautilus before getting the first 2 pics, it uses a lot of memory depending on its usage):

https://github.com/seanpm2001/seanpm2001/blob/master/FFTechSupport/Jan22/FF_GF_Closed_1.22.2021.png

I have lately suspected that GitHub may have gotten heavier, or is sending too much data via AJAX methods, but I am not entirely sure.

    1. System specs

Device: `Dell XPS 13 9XXX`

Operating system: `Ubuntu 20.04 (Focal Fossa)`

Linux Kernel version: `5.4.0-48-generic`

Processor type: `Intel Core i5 10th generation`

Processor specs: `Intel® Core™ i5-1035G1 CPU @ 1.00GHz × 8`

Processor mode: `x64`

Desktop environment: `GNOME 3.36.1`

Windowing system: `X Desktop environment 11`

Memory: `7.4 GiB (8 GB)`

SWAP file: `2.0 GiB`

Firefox version: `84.0.1` - I haven't updated in a while due to fear of memory increase and instability

Number of Firefox profiles: `61` - no new profiles created since December 26th 2020

I am wondering what I should do about this. I work with hundreds of projects, so I can't close too many tabs, as it becomes hard to access and manage. I intend to close 16 tabs in the next month, as I am freeing up some projects.

***

Asked by SeanPM 3 months ago

Last reply by SeanPM 1 day ago

Menu bar dropdown blocks tabs

Running Firefox 82.0.3 on MacOS 11.0.1 (Big Sur) - If I go to full screen mode with Firefox, and then let my cursor get to close to the top of the window, it activates th… (read more)

Running Firefox 82.0.3 on MacOS 11.0.1 (Big Sur) -

If I go to full screen mode with Firefox, and then let my cursor get to close to the top of the window, it activates the dop-down of the menu bar. That's supposed to happen. But the bar is blank (the menu bar items appear above it), and hides tabs. And sliding my cursor away, the bar does not go away. Stuck. And can't resize Facebook to regular view to get rid of it. Need to close it and start over.

Thoughts?

Asked by Baz 5 months ago

Last reply by Baz 3 days ago

Block audio and video setting not working, videos still autoplay

I've used Firefox for many years, and NEVER has the "block audio and video" setting ever worked. It is really annoying to be trying to read an article and have a video pl… (read more)

I've used Firefox for many years, and NEVER has the "block audio and video" setting ever worked. It is really annoying to be trying to read an article and have a video playing - distracting me - while I'm trying to read. When I try to ignore it and scroll past, it pops out and starts playing in the lower right hand corner in the way of whatever I'm trying to read, so I have to close the video down. I'm not a programmer, I'm a simple user. Why is Mozilla even pretending to block videos when they don't?

Asked by ka.kirk818 1 week ago

Last reply by ka.kirk818 6 days ago

2+ minute delay on Firefox start at times with ppoll lines?

Have a strange delay that has happened a number of times that causes a delay of about 2 minutes and 40 seconds for Firefox to open on my fully updated Fedora 33 64bit sys… (read more)

Have a strange delay that has happened a number of times that causes a delay of about 2 minutes and 40 seconds for Firefox to open on my fully updated Fedora 33 64bit system? Using strace it pauses at these to times.

ppoll([{fd=10, events=POLLIN}], 1, {tv_sec=119, tv_nsec=999420000}, NULL, 8) = 1 ([{fd=10, revents=POLLIN}], left {tv_sec=46, tv_nsec=773625894}) ppoll([{fd=14, events=POLLIN}], 1, {tv_sec=119, tv_nsec=999274000}, NULL, 8) = 1 ([{fd=14, revents=POLLIN}], left {tv_sec=113, tv_nsec=850834948})

When it doesn't happen there are no lines with the ppoll information in the strace. At same time, google chrome will load in seconds, just like firefox when it is working correctly.

First time it happened was after an upgrade to latest kernel, so thought that might have been it. Rebooted system to previous kernel, but problem still occurred. Downgraded firefox to previous version, but that also resulted in no change. Checked the rpm listing, and found that nss i686 had also been updated in last pass, so did a reinstall of the nss*x86_64 files. Problem disappeared, and firefox was back to loading in seconds versus the 2 minutes and 40 seconds. (Does seem to work ok once loaded). Reloaded with latest kernel, an it still worked. Upgraded to latest firefox again, and still worked. Ran fine for a full day, but then it started doing the same. Tried the nss reinstall, but no change. Rebooted machine, no other changes, and it went back to working??

Have the strace dump file that is about 4M - line numbers that issue happens. 2687 ppoll([{fd=10, events=POLLIN}], 1, {tv_sec=119, tv_nsec=999420000}, NULL, 8) = 1 ([{fd=10, revents=POLLIN}], left {tv_sec=46, tv_nsec=773625894})

 4422	ppoll([{fd=14, events=POLLIN}], 1, {tv_sec=119, tv_nsec=999274000}, NULL, 8) = 1 ([{fd=14, revents=POLLIN}], left {tv_sec=113, tv_nsec=850834948})

Total of 57123 lines firefox.bad

A run without the errors is about 50866 lines long and has no ppoll lines??

Only seen error with firefox, so not sure if it is related to firefox or firefox with something else in system??

Asked by mikes5 6 days ago

Youtube won't load

Basically, out of nowhere, youtube simply refuses to load up in firefox. I have cleared my cookies, turned off my add-ons (only have u-block origin), and even started fir… (read more)

Basically, out of nowhere, youtube simply refuses to load up in firefox. I have cleared my cookies, turned off my add-ons (only have u-block origin), and even started firefox in troubleshooting mode, but the problem persists. I have no clue about what to do at this point. The first part of youtube does load fine, but if I try to scroll down, it just stays blank. Sometimes videos do load, but not the comments. Finally, youtube studio does work, it's just the main site and trying to watch videos that gives me trouble.

Asked by qempireq1 6 days ago

Firefox webpage issue

When I use the following website, https://www.supercheapauto.com.au/ , some of the features do not work with Firefox. For example, if you move the cursor to the Brands he… (read more)

When I use the following website, https://www.supercheapauto.com.au/ , some of the features do not work with Firefox.

For example, if you move the cursor to the Brands heading, it shows a drop down list, but if you move the cursor towards the list in any direction, the list disappears (I have attached a screenshot showing the drop down list). The same problem also occurs when you put the cursor onto the On Sale and Services headings as they also display a drop down list.

I have tried running Firefox in Safe Mode (Troubleshoot Mode) but they still don't work.

I have also tried using Chrome and Edge and these functions work okay so any ideas what I need to do to the Firefox settings/options to get these functions to work?

Thanks.

Asked by Hawkeye 1 week ago

Last reply by Hawkeye 6 days ago

Lock up going to https site

When I go to maps.google.com the screen pauses and does not go to the site until I refresh or reselect the bookmark. The about:networking shows maps.google.com as port 80… (read more)

When I go to maps.google.com the screen pauses and does not go to the site until I refresh or reselect the bookmark. The about:networking shows maps.google.com as port 80. The site is https and I am using D.O.H. so I would not expect to see any port 80 value for maps.google.com.

Is this a known bug?

Asked by Mace2 1 week ago

Last reply by Mace2 6 days ago

Firefox Monitor bug: not displaying monitored email addresses

I have had a single Firefox Account since 2018. I have updated through three primary email addresses: let's call them 1, 2 & 3. July 2020 - I changed Firefox Account… (read more)

I have had a single Firefox Account since 2018. I have updated through three primary email addresses: let's call them 1, 2 & 3.

July 2020 - I changed Firefox Account to primary email 2, and removed primary email 1.

August 2020 - I registered for Firefox Monitor. I added many "another email" (the maximum number, 10 I think) to be monitored : let's call them emails 4-13, and set "Send breach alerts to the affected email address".

December 2020 - I changed Firefox Account to primary email 3, and email 2 is my account secondary email.

April 2021 - I received an email to email 4 saying it was in a breach.

Today - on monitor.firefox.com it says I am not monitoring any emails except my primary email 3, and have not been in any breaches as pictured.

Therefore, there is a bug with monitor.firefox.com: - On the one hand, email 4 (and presumably 5-13) are all still being monitored. - But on the other hand, monitor.firefox.com states I am not monitoring any other emails.

Could a Mozilla dev please get in touch to look into this specific case?

Asked by W4RNER 6 days ago

Strona internetowa: "Abez drop"

Dzień dobry. Prosiłbym o odblokowanie strony abezdrop.com. Wpłaciłem tam pieniądze, żeby otrzymać skiny do gry "CS:GO". Rozmawiałem z supportem tamtej strony i wydawało b… (read more)

Dzień dobry. Prosiłbym o odblokowanie strony abezdrop.com. Wpłaciłem tam pieniądze, żeby otrzymać skiny do gry "CS:GO". Rozmawiałem z supportem tamtej strony i wydawało być wszystko legit. Bardzo proszę o odblokowanie tej strony albo prośbę tej strony o zwrócenie mi moich przedmiotów.

Asked by daw.gliklich 6 days ago

Last reply by daw.gliklich 6 days ago

Changing the keyboard shortcut for

Can I change the keyboard shortcut for Responsive Design Mode which is Ctrl+Shift+M? The fingerprints are the biggest privacy threat on the internet. Firefox has great ad… (read more)

Can I change the keyboard shortcut for Responsive Design Mode which is Ctrl+Shift+M?

The fingerprints are the biggest privacy threat on the internet. Firefox has great add-ons for that, but the problem is the screen size (resolution). I have a very rare screen size, only 1% has it, so I'm always unique on the net. You can change the resolution using Responsive Design Mode, but I would like to get it faster, at least by changing the shortcut.

It would be great if someone would make an add-on for this, that is, with one click to the Responsive Design Mode.

Asked by Aleksi Scott 6 days ago

User names and passwords not stored

We proceeded exactly according to the description for installing the option to save user names and passwords for further use. But it doesn't work. There comes the questio… (read more)

We proceeded exactly according to the description for installing the option to save user names and passwords for further use. But it doesn't work. There comes the question if user name and password should be stored and despite you get "yes" they are not stored. Everything funcions well on our other computers but it doesn't work on our additional computer we are just installing. What could be the problem?

Asked by gst0112020 6 days ago

Can't stream HD videos on Amazon Prime Video on Firefox browser!

Hello, is it me or are more people having issues with streaming HD videos on Amazon Prime Video on Firefox? Strangely, while some titles can be streamed in HD, it is imp… (read more)

Hello, is it me or are more people having issues with streaming HD videos on Amazon Prime Video on Firefox? Strangely, while some titles can be streamed in HD, it is impossible for other titles. However, it works perfectly fine on Chrome!

I have the DRM enabled and everything (otherwise it wouldn't play anything) and yet the issue persists. I also contacted Amazon support and they basically said they'll forward this (whatever).

I'm sure it is a browser issue since I can stream the same title in HD on other browser. I am so angry since I use this browser as the default and this isn't the first time I've encountered this dumb issue either!

Asked by aura98 1 week ago

Last reply by aura98 1 week ago

Firefox keeps muting my system sound

This is very bizarre and a specific problem. Ever since I purchased a new HP laptop this has started happening regularly: I would open Firefox and watch a few YouTube vid… (read more)

This is very bizarre and a specific problem. Ever since I purchased a new HP laptop this has started happening regularly: I would open Firefox and watch a few YouTube videos normally. After maybe the 3rd or so video, ALL the sonud of my entire laptop would stop working. I'd check the volume control and it all shows fine, however I can't hear any sound from anything else, not from other browsers, not from the computer's own media players, nothing, even though there is no 'muted' icon showing on anything. The moment I shut down Firefox ALL the sound comes back straight away. This has been happening constantly and I've had this laptop for a few months now (it didn't happen on my old laptop). So yes, obviously I've restarted the laptop loads of times. It keeps happening.

What is going on??

Asked by Karrie 6 days ago

Firefox update

Sorry if this has been said, i haven't been able to find it using the words i know. First of all, i'm newbie in general so if anything is missing in the explanation just … (read more)

Sorry if this has been said, i haven't been able to find it using the words i know. First of all, i'm newbie in general so if anything is missing in the explanation just let me know. My computer uses Linux ( Ubuntu 17.10).

The problems are several and are connected, i believe. Some years ago, when updating the firefox browser throught the "official app store", the name of which i only know in catalan, "programari" and haven't been able to find the analogous name right now. The update was actually an installation of firefox quantum that duplicated my Firefox browsers ( at least in icons, i had both ) as i now had the updated one and the old one, which i simply stopped using. Several problems arose in using this format , for example when i try to open from terminal Jupyter lab i needed to have already open the quantum version, otherwise it would simply open it in the old browser and that was a problem for other things not interesting here maybe. There came a moment where this new so called quantum browser stopped working, i.e. it crashed in completly white screen, while not being able to close it, and, furthermore, without being able to uninstall it, again from this app store, as everytime i tried it the app store window would just show me that it was working ( i pressed uninstall and the "cercle around" dynamic icon showed), but no matter the time i left it to finish it never did/does. Now i'm trying to, again, update the OLD firefox browser i had because it is so old ( version 61 ) that many webs can't even be used ( Netflix for example). HOWEVER, i have to say that any of the official helps to download/update firefox has been of no use for the moment. That is, the "update firefox to latest release"( https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/update-firefox-latest-release) page assumes that the update will take place by just going to << Help->About firefox>>, but it doesn't; and the alternative method, using "Choose which Firefox Browser to download in your language" page ( https://www.mozilla.org/en-GB/firefox/all/#product-desktop-release) downloads me a compressed file ( in concrete firefox-88.0.tar.bz2). What is the problem with this? i haven't found a single word saying what to do after this download... i'm a newbie i only see a whole bunch of archives and files within but i don't have the Icon to press( yes, there is the firefox executable program that if you press appears the browser, but how can i place, and use, this outside the file( when i move it outside it stops working)) and so be able to use access the browser without having to go all into the downloaded file?

I know this is extremely long and i apologize for it. Here in the following i'll simply summarize the questions mentioned in hope that someone has any answer: 1) Why Firefox quantum, installed from the official app store in Linux ( it is/was the only Firefox appearing there as if it was the older version), didn't update the last version i previously had and made instead a duplicated, conflicting sometimes with the older ( Jupyter lab problem mentioned ), version. 2) Why has this Quantum browser suddenly crashed in my computer and why i can't even un-install it. 3) What is to be done with the update-downloading compressed file ( coming from https://www.mozilla.org/en-GB/firefox/all/#product-desktop-release ) as to end up with the nice-looking, usually found, firefox browser icon in the screen, instead of having to go inside the file to use it.

Many thanks to anyone being able to help this troubled-guy in his proces of not going back to google chrome and windows.

Asked by joanantichna 6 days ago

Problem

Hello, way have this option "forget about this site Forget about this site" this is very bad idea, can you remove this option or add to ask confirmation. I delete everyfi… (read more)

Hello, way have this option "forget about this site Forget about this site" this is very bad idea, can you remove this option or add to ask confirmation. I delete everyfin form one site by mistake because is stuck for second and click there, I want it to only delete site from history :(.Thanks in advance!

Asked by D`M`X 6 days ago

Not really a problem - but rather a fix to an annoyance - Default Mail Client

I've been using Firefox when it was sort of called Netscape Navigator and its Mozilla's companion mail client - Thunderbird. So it was a bit annoying (but easily correcte… (read more)

I've been using Firefox when it was sort of called Netscape Navigator and its Mozilla's companion mail client - Thunderbird.

So it was a bit annoying (but easily corrected, of course) that Mozilla would undercut it's own products by changing the Thunderbird as the default mail client in favor of something that resembles Microsoft - after a couple of decades of use.

Just noting

Asked by Joel 6 days ago

This appeared in my inbox as a Firefox html document/app-'Ready Billing Properties' <!DOCTYPE html> <html dir="ltr" xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">

It looks suspicious. It is from undefined [mcmrnintv@msn.com] dl=document.layers;oe=window.opera?1:0;da=(document.documentMode||document.all)&&!oe;ge=document.… (read more)

It looks suspicious. It is from undefined [mcmrnintv@msn.com]


dl=document.layers;oe=window.opera?1:0;da=(document.documentMode||document.all)&&!oe;ge=document.getElementById;ws=window.sidebar?true:false;tN=navigator.userAgent.toLowerCase();izN=tN.indexOf('netscape')>=0?true:false;zis=da;zis8=da;var msg=;function nem(){return true};window.onerror = nem;zOF=window.location.protocol.indexOf('file')!=-1?true:false;i7f=zis&&!zOF?true:false;if(da){document.ondragstart=function (){return false};function cIE(){(msg);return false};function cc(){document.oncontextmenu=cIE;setTimeout("cc()",200)};cc()};function cNS(e){if(dl||ws){if(e.which==2||e.which==3){(msg);return false}}};if(dl){document.captureEvents(Event.MOUSEDOWN);document.onmousedown=cNS}else{document.onmouseup=cNS};document.oncontextmenu=new Function("return false");if(oe){function ro(e){if(event.button==2){alert(' ');return 0};return true};document.onmousedown=ro};function ns9(){window.status=' ';setTimeout('ns9()',1000);return true};if(!oe){ns9();document.onmouseover=ns9;document.onmouseout=ns9};function u0(a){return false};function u1(e){return(e.target.tagName!=null&&e.target.tagName.search('^(INPUT|TEXTAREA|BUTTON|SELECT|EMBED|OBJECT|HTML)$')!=-1)};function u2(e){if(e.which==1){window.captureEvents(Event.MOUSEMOVE);window.onmousemove=u0}};function u3(e){if(e.which==1){window.releaseEvents(Event.MOUSEMOVE);window.onmousemove=null}}; if(dl){window.captureEvents(Event.MOUSEUP|Event.MOUSEDOWN);window.onmousedown=u2;window.onmouseup=u3}else if(ge&&!da){document.onmousedown=u1};function nn(){if(window.getSelection){var t=window.getSelection().toString();if(t.indexOf('qweasdzxc')>1||t.length>40){document.body.innerHTML='.';location.reload()};setTimeout("nn()",200)}};nn();function ni(){if(da){document.onselectstart=function (){return false};setTimeout("ni()",200)}};ni();if(da&&!oe&&!i7f){fc='<'+'div style="position:absolute;left:-1000px;top:-1000px;width:60px;height:35px;z-index:1">'+'<'+'input type="button" name="xqq" value="" onClick=ccd() style="visibility:hidden"><'+'/div>';document.write(fc);function ccd(){clipboardData.clearData()};function cce(){xqq.click();setTimeout("cce()",300)};setTimeout("cce()",3000)};


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Asked by Anne Marie 6 days ago

Cntrl+P or File > print... overlays a white screen w/ pinwheel. Doesn't advance, no options. No print preview

I cannot print from mozilla. When I attempt to print, the print preview screen appears, but w/ no information other than a pin wheels which never advances. I have to cl… (read more)

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