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Memory leak with FF 27.0 and 27.0.1: first time in 20 years with Macs

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For my work I use FF under OSX 10.6. I have another, older machine with OSX 10.7 Lion installed running around the clock in my living quarters. I use FF on it for trivial operations such as checking the weather report, quick searches etc. I also always test new versions on it before installing it on my work machines, so as not to risk any workflow problems.

Soon after installing FF 27.0 I was very surprised to find that the machine running Lion was almost frozen, with 500Mb of free space left instead of the usual 45-50Gb. After some research, I figured that in the course of a few hours the swap files had multiplied to death — something I never, ever had experienced earlier.

At first I thought that this was the result of installing several plugin updates (Java, Flash and Silverlight) at the same time as the FF update. But a couple of days later, the same thing began to happen again. Having left the window of the folder containing the swap files open in the Finder, I could not only see that they had multiplied, but I could also watch them disappear one by one after quitting Firefox.

Installing FF 27.0.1 did not resolve this issue. But since going back to FF 26, the swap files have been staying put. I'll try again with 28, but until then I'm not going to run 27 on my work machines.

I don't quite know how to get in touch with the developpers, so if anyone is there watching, please forward this to them.

For my work I use FF under OSX 10.6. I have another, older machine with OSX 10.7 Lion installed running around the clock in my living quarters. I use FF on it for trivial operations such as checking the weather report, quick searches etc. I also always test new versions on it before installing it on my work machines, so as not to risk any workflow problems. Soon after installing FF 27.0 I was very surprised to find that the machine running Lion was almost frozen, with 500Mb of free space left instead of the usual 45-50Gb. After some research, I figured that in the course of a few hours the swap files had multiplied to death — something I never, ever had experienced earlier. At first I thought that this was the result of installing several plugin updates (Java, Flash and Silverlight) at the same time as the FF update. But a couple of days later, the same thing began to happen again. Having left the window of the folder containing the swap files open in the Finder, I could not only see that they had multiplied, but I could also watch them disappear one by one after quitting Firefox. Installing FF 27.0.1 did not resolve this issue. But since going back to FF 26, the swap files have been staying put. I'll try again with 28, but until then I'm not going to run 27 on my work machines. I don't quite know how to get in touch with the developpers, so if anyone is there watching, please forward this to them.

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You can report this bug to the developers on Bugzilla.
Sorry for any inconvenience.

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Installierte Plugins

  • Shockwave Flash 12.0 r0
  • DivX VOD Helper Plug-in
  • DivX Web Player version 3.1.0.13
  • Adobe Shockwave for Director Netscape plug-in, version 12.0.7
  • Displays Java applet content, or a placeholder if Java is not installed.
  • 5.1.20913.0
  • The QuickTime Plugin allows you to view a wide variety of multimedia content in web pages. For more information, visit the QuickTime Web site.
  • The Google Earth Plugin allows you to view 3D imagery and terrain in your web browser.
  • Office Live Update v1.0
  • RealPlayer Plugin
  • CIG Download
  • The Flip4Mac WMV Plugin allows you to view Windows Media content using QuickTime.
  • iPhoto6

Anwendung

  • User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; Intel Mac OS X 10.6; rv:26.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/26.0

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Wesley Branton
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You can report this bug to the developers on Bugzilla.
Sorry for any inconvenience.

You can report this bug to the developers on [https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/ Bugzilla].<br> Sorry for any inconvenience.
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Fragesteller

Thanks (and nothing to be sorry about!). I've posted it under the existing Bug 973776. I hope I did it right, not being familiar with that interface.

Thanks (and nothing to be sorry about!). I've posted it under the existing Bug 973776. I hope I did it right, not being familiar with that interface.
Moses
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Hi tingo,

Right now the status of Bug 973776 - Memory leak in Firefox 27.0.1 is UNCONFIRMED and NEEDSINFO meaning that no one has reproduced it and the filer has not responded with any additional information. I was going to suggest cc'ing yourself but see that you already have.

Thanks for reporting this!

P.S. I don't know if you need any troubleshooting or further investigation but if you don't, you can close this thread by marking Wesley's answer as the solution.

Hi tingo, Right now the status of [https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=973776 Bug 973776 - Memory leak in Firefox 27.0.1] is UNCONFIRMED and NEEDSINFO meaning that no one has reproduced it and the filer has not responded with any additional information. I was going to suggest cc'ing yourself but see that you already have. Thanks for reporting this! P.S. I don't know if you need any troubleshooting or further investigation but if you don't, you can close this thread by marking Wesley's answer as the solution.
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Fragesteller

Thanks, will do.

Thanks, will do.