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FF 25 has issues on OS-X 10.8.5. It hangs sites with heavy dom manipulation + web font faces The same page is fine on FF25/Win. Is this being looked at?

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I've been having a lot of issues with Firefox 25 hard-hanging on OS-X 10.8.5. Firefox 24 worked perfectly with various sites I've had problems with recently. Firefox 25 on Windows works fine with the same sites, so does Google Chrome 30, IE9, IE10, and IE11. The hang is very specific to FF25/OSX. Is this being looked at or reported by anyone else? My co-workers are also hitting this. It seems like FF25/OSX has some sort of deadlock condition when there is heavy dom maniplation occurring via JavaScript along with the usage of Web Fonts (font-face/font family). I have to force-quit it and restart. Safe mode makes no difference. Nor does clearing site information.

If there is any debug I can capture (such as triggering a stack dump) I am more than willing to generate it.

Modified by Kagetsume

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There's an issue where using a web font in conjunction with absolute positioning, "synthetic" bolding, and rotating creates an infinite loop in Firefox. I don't know if this applies to your situation or not, but removing the bolding "fixed" the issue for me. The issue is supposed to be fixed for Firefox 26.

Check this issue:

(fixed example link - c)

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Didn't help at all. I still see Firefox 25 hang. So do my co-workers. The only common thread between us is we're on OS-X 10.8.5 and running Firefox 25.

Is there any way to get a debug/dump of where the browser is stuck?

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It sound suspiciously related to this:

So, it sounds like custom font support may be broken. One common thing in the pages that break is they have custom font faces. This is a huge deal. Can someone from Firefox development please look into this.

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Did you check the Network tab in the Web Console (Tools > Web Developer; Command+Shift+K) to see if that gives any clues?

Do a hard refresh via Command+Shift+R to reload the pages from the server.
You can also try the Profiler.

Does it help if you disable downloadable fonts by temporarily setting the gfx.downloadable_fonts.enabled to false?

Do you have a lot of fonts installed on your computer?

  • [/questions/957111] Firefox hangs on Websites (issue with downloadable fonts; having many fonts installed)
  • Bug 752394 - eliminate need to enumerate fonts for localized family names and postscript names
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I cannot check the console. The hang is a hard hang. The browser becomes completely nonresponsive. Nothing works. I have to force quit (kill -9) to even shut it down.

Reloading the pages from the server does nothing. As noted it is a hard hang. You cannot reload. You cannot do anything at all. You cannot load the profile. The browser is non-responsive.

Yes, if I set gfx.downloadable_fonts.enabled to false, the pages load. It appears to be directly related to the fonts. Furthermore, I do not now if this comes into play but I will note it. One of the font characters in question is loaded into a DIV that has a CSS rotation animation applied. The font character is 'progress ball' type design, using CSS to rotate it. Same technique as used by FontAwesome for its icon font characters and its progress ball. So, perhaps it is related to font rendering in a div actively undergoing a change?

No, I do not have a lot of fonts installed. I have the base set that came with OS-X 10.8.5 + two additional ones I've used for some graphics work.

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The total # of fonts installed on my Mac is 276 according to Font Book.

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The Firefox process is stuck at 99.9% CPU utilization. If I attach GDB to the process, the current thread stack shows:

  1. 0 0x00007fff99687379 in ARGB32blend_color ()
  2. 1 0x00007fff99355dd9 in sseCGSColorDeepMaskCopyARGB32 ()
  3. 2 0x00007fff9943e803 in CGSColorDeepMaskCopyXRGB8888 ()
  4. 3 0x00007fff9930f500 in argb32_mark ()
  5. 4 0x00007fff8e19acc3 in ripl_BltGlyph ()
  6. 5 0x00007fff8e198577 in ripc_DrawGlyphs ()
  7. 6 0x00007fff99563f79 in draw_glyphs ()
  8. 7 0x00007fff96e38b88 in CTFontDrawGlyphs ()
  9. 8 0x0000000102a8d06c in jsimd_idct_2x2_sse2 ()
  10. 9 0x000000ce419e0000 in ?? ()

It's stuck in some sort of color blending loop.

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Followup. Any further updates from Firefox support? This is a blocking issue at my company. We are strong Firefox advocates, but this is starting to damage Firefox's reputation here.

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Chosen Solution

There's an issue where using a web font in conjunction with absolute positioning, "synthetic" bolding, and rotating creates an infinite loop in Firefox. I don't know if this applies to your situation or not, but removing the bolding "fixed" the issue for me. The issue is supposed to be fixed for Firefox 26.

Check this issue:

(fixed example link - c)

Modified by cor-el

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That is entirely possible the cause of what is going on. At least it is a hint of where to start looking for a possible workaround. Thanks!

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Firefox 26 fixes this issue. I tested the beta today and it works fine on the sites that previously hung. It is definitely due to:

Hurray for FF fixing that issue.