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Gracefully handle memory exhaustion

I really want to use firefox. I really do. But firefox's memory management is making that very difficult. I have 8GB of RAM, which really ought to be enough, but inevita… (read more)

I really want to use firefox. I really do. But firefox's memory management is making that very difficult.

I have 8GB of RAM, which really ought to be enough, but inevitably, over time, firefox will munch and munch and munch until it has consumed all of it.

And then... my system crashes. I lose work. I get angry.

Well, okay, I use linux, so after this happened a few times I stuck firefox in a systemd scope and limit it to 90% of the memory of my system. At first, that didn't work because firefox would simply eat into the pagefile, until it had consumed all of it (or as much as I entitled it to), at which point firefox would desperately try to do.... something, very frantically, which would lock the CPU usage to 100%, again bringing down the system. So I limit its RAM and prohibit it from using the pagefile, and now, it's just firefox that dies.

....

But, really, that's still a problem. I still have emails partially written, forms filled out, work is still lost. Is it really so abhorrent to take out the trash that you'd rather just commit suicide instead? I say take out the trash, because firefox will restart, reload those very same tabs, and carry on with a fraction of the memory usage. Something's been dropped, and it wasn't important (well, other than the content of that email I've been composing for the last half hour).

So. If I'm going to continue using firefox, which I would very much like to do, there needs to be some way for it to gracefully say to the user: "I've run out of available memory. I'm going to have to..." (for example) 1. perform garbage collection (do whatever 'minimize memory use' seems to do... which is not much, but something that really ought to be the default action in this situation) 2. clear the buffer of some videos being played, or some cached results or something, i dunno. 3. gracefully stop loading the current tab, or process, or whatever, and say to the user "I've run out of resources to continue. Please choose one or more tabs to close in order to continue"

Then, at least, I can sacrifice my background music tab, or something else unimportant, to buy enough time to copy that email into notepad, submit that form, or just run 'minimize memory usage', and be able to carry on.

Asked by ymousa85+firefox 1 year ago

Last reply by ymousa85+firefox 8 months ago

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video downloader appd

Hey are you volunteers I'm not talking to you but I want to say something all the great engineers and programmers they got it Firefox I hope everyone of you have four fla… (read more)

Hey are you volunteers I'm not talking to you but I want to say something all the great engineers and programmers they got it Firefox I hope everyone of you have four flat tires on the way home from work yet over 200 video downloaders for Firefox and none of them will load on Android phone because they're all xpi files why the hell do you even have them available if you know they won't load up thank you have a wonderful flat tire day

Asked by Kyle Jennings 11 months ago

Last reply by jscher2000 - Support Volunteer 11 months ago

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how to get random users agent in the Add-on of the version of Firefox

Why am I not getting random user agent in this version of Firefox. I have checked frothe adds-on and is not included in the list. Or can you give me the version of Firefo… (read more)

Why am I not getting random user agent in this version of Firefox. I have checked frothe adds-on and is not included in the list. Or can you give me the version of Firefox that it is included. Thanks

Asked by anyebegloria06 11 months ago

Last reply by Paul 11 months ago

Firefox updating without permission

I want to know why Firefox on my laptop just updated itself against my settings to ask first. I did not change the settings the settings were not changed by anybody else … (read more)

I want to know why Firefox on my laptop just updated itself against my settings to ask first. I did not change the settings the settings were not changed by anybody else nobody else uses that computer but me. Firefox did it and I don't know how they did it or why but I need to know why and how because I lost all my passwords everything's gone. I need to know how I can get all my saved passwords back that were in my Firefox passwords manager. I would appreciate any help that anybody can give me and if you know what's the CEO of Firefox phone number is give that to me cuz I sure like to give him a call right now.

Asked by Kyle Jennings 5 months ago

Last reply by Paul 5 months ago