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

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)};


Can you help?

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)

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 close the window to even close the print preview screen.

Asked by jcedotal 6 days ago

cannot add imported bookmarks to bookmarks toolbar

I'm tried everything I can find online and nothing works. I'm at my wits end here. I exported my bookmarks to HTML on Mac1 across my network, copied them to Mac2 and now … (read more)

I'm tried everything I can find online and nothing works. I'm at my wits end here. I exported my bookmarks to HTML on Mac1 across my network, copied them to Mac2 and now I can import them into Firefox, but I cannot get them into the toolbar no matter what I do or which solutions I try to use from online and it's driving me nuts! Why do they have to make this so impossible?

Asked by amylewis1954 6 days ago

Adding a minimalistic sidebar

Does anyone know how to add a sidebar with just the icons (i.e. for bookmarks, history, and sync tabs) and only show the full sidebar by clicking the corresponding icon. … (read more)

Does anyone know how to add a sidebar with just the icons (i.e. for bookmarks, history, and sync tabs) and only show the full sidebar by clicking the corresponding icon. Can that be done through userChrome?

I have attached two images that illustrate what I'm trying to accomplish.

Asked by schlawiener 6 days ago

Cannot log in on Addons webbsite

Hey there, I can not log into the Firefox Addons website at https://addons.mozilla.org - I click on the "Register or log in" link at the upper right corner. - It opens a … (read more)

Hey there,

I can not log into the Firefox Addons website at https://addons.mozilla.org

- I click on the "Register or log in" link at the upper right corner.

- It opens a page with my email address and a blue button ton log in (picture 1)

- When I click that blue button, it takes me to the second page where I'm asked to enable 2 step authentication (picture 2)

I don't want to enable 2FA for Firefox Addons website and I don't want to download a third party app for this, I just want to be able to log in to the website.

If I click the "cancel" link (at the bottom), it brings me back from where I was and still not logged in

Any help would be appreciated, thanks!

Asked by phendrax 6 days ago

Last reply by phendrax 6 days ago

Hootsuite will not work at all

I have been having issues with Hootsuite since the last update. Initially it was the page freezing and causing me to have to stop issues. Now the program will not open or… (read more)

I have been having issues with Hootsuite since the last update. Initially it was the page freezing and causing me to have to stop issues. Now the program will not open or work at all. All I get is a white page, I can't sign in or out nothing. This program is important to my work. I tried yesterday clearing the cache and that didn't help. Anyone else having issues with Hootsuite? Please help, I need this program to work or I have to move to Chrome as it will work on Chrome with no issues, but everything is saved here on Firefox so it would be a nightmare to move.

Asked by Cindy 6 days ago

Tab restore from backup copy doesn't work on version 88.0

When I started Firefox today, there was no my tabs. I tried to restore them, but nothing happened. Any backup copy doesn't work, I have 'warning message', click "Ok" and … (read more)

When I started Firefox today, there was no my tabs. I tried to restore them, but nothing happened. Any backup copy doesn't work, I have 'warning message', click "Ok" and then nothing happens. So, I lost all my tabs. Please, say, why can it happens?

Asked by keynikus 6 days ago

Firefox is automatically downgrading from 88 to 87

I updated my Firefox to version 88 as soon as it came out. Continued working and browsing as usual. 3 days in, browser won't connect > close and restart > error Fir… (read more)

I updated my Firefox to version 88 as soon as it came out. Continued working and browsing as usual.

3 days in, browser won't connect > close and restart > error Firefox still running in background > wait for processes to close > re-open Firefox > "You've launched an older version of Firefox - please create a new profile / Exit"

Follow the instructions, setup my profile from scratch again, login to all my accounts and proceed to get back to work. Few hours later - Firefox notifies me a newer version is released and i need to update my browser.

Not too long after, Firefox is downgraded to 87 by itself and I repeat the same process over and over again.

I tried:

  • Full uninstall / clean re-install
  • Deleting all profiles and all Mozilla folders and reinstalling
  • Some fix that's supposed to allow me to use my ver.88 profile on ver.87

Something is making Firefox downgrade to 87 by itself - This happens while I am browsing/using Firefox and causes all connections to drop and the browser to Crash soon after.

Any thoughts?

Asked by ThaBomb 1 week ago

Last reply by ThaBomb 6 days ago

(Solved) Ctrl+Shift+R doesn't work

The Reload (override cache) shortcut Ctrl + Shift + R doesn't work on my browser, but Ctrl + F5 works fine Does anyone know how to fix this? I'm using the latest update… (read more)

The Reload (override cache) shortcut Ctrl + Shift + R doesn't work on my browser, but Ctrl + F5 works fine

Does anyone know how to fix this?

  • I'm using the latest updated version 88.0 (64-bit)
  • The shortcut doesn't work in Private Browsing (Incognito) window either

Asked by AkhileshTekade 6 days ago

Last reply by AkhileshTekade 6 days ago

menu contextuel

Bonjour Depuis quelques jours j'ai un problème avec le menu contextuel de firefox lorsque je veux enregistrer une photo trouvée sur une page web : le menu contextuel cli… (read more)

Bonjour Depuis quelques jours j'ai un problème avec le menu contextuel de firefox lorsque je veux enregistrer une photo trouvée sur une page web : le menu contextuel clic droit + lettre "s" renvoie sur deux entrées du menu contextuel  : Enregistrer l'image sous... (lettre s pour racccourci) et Choisir l'image comme fond d'écran (lettre s également) voir image jointe img01. J'utilise Firefox 88.0 64bits : voir img02. Jusqu'alors clic droit + lettre s au clavier ouvrait la boîte de dialogue enregistrer l'image. Je souhaiterais supprimer ce double emploi de la lettre s ou supprimer le menu contextuel "choisir l'image comme fond d'écran" dont je ne me sert jamais. Merci par avance pour votre aide

Asked by gerard.eychenne8 6 days ago

Plus signs when searching from adress bar

When searching for a phrase with an OpenSearch-Engine on DeepL, then plus signs "+" appear between words. You can get the Deepl Search-Engine from Mycroft. Any ideas how … (read more)

When searching for a phrase with an OpenSearch-Engine on DeepL, then plus signs "+" appear between words. You can get the Deepl Search-Engine from Mycroft.

Any ideas how to remove those plus signs in order to be able to translate phrases?

Observed on Firefox 88.0 on Ubuntu 20.10.

Asked by D 6 days ago

launch of Firefox

Preamble: All program updates are accepted when proposed on any of my 2 PCs, Linux or Firefox and other programs. Situation: Many multiple instances of Firefox are lau… (read more)

Preamble: All program updates are accepted when proposed on any of my 2 PCs, Linux or Firefox and other programs.

Situation:

  • Many multiple instances of Firefox are launched but can't be completed on my old (11 years old) tower PC (Linux based),
  • seems to saturate video card with multiple instances of screens (1 or 2 minutes at most) until it prevents other programs (eg Open office) to run
  • Tower PC works well for other programs (open office) if Firefox in not launched
  • while it works well when Firefox and other programs are launched) on my light PC ASUS (also with Linux) 3 years old.

Do I miss required minimal memory size on hard disk or on RAM, or is this an issue on Firefox, or...?

Can anyone please help and advise? Regards

Asked by bernard.vilain 6 days ago

revjet.lendingtree.com error

Today, on AOL, after I send an e-mail a message comes up that says," An error occurred during a connection to revjet.lendingtree.com." Firefox can't load. What has happe… (read more)

Today, on AOL, after I send an e-mail a message comes up that says," An error occurred during a connection to revjet.lendingtree.com." Firefox can't load. What has happened? I logged into my AOL account through Microsoft Edge and a similar message came up. When I used my outlook account, there was no such error message after sending an e-mail. Can anyone explain what might be happening?

Asked by RedFrog 6 days ago

Last reply by RedFrog 5 days ago