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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.

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Asked by SeanPM 3 months ago

Last reply by SeanPM 2 days ago

Another Small windoow moving on with high border

I am very very tired from this black border.. I have also tried by uninstall & install firfox setup again & again many times but this problem cant be fixed. Kind… (read more)

I am very very tired from this black border.. I have also tried by uninstall & install firfox setup again & again many times but this problem cant be fixed. Kindly help me as soon as possible..

Kindly assist me step by step ..How can i fix this problem.

Asked by Kamal Oberoi 5 months ago

Last reply by Kamal Oberoi 2 hours 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 5 days ago

Gmail addressee autocomplete intermitent

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With Gmail open in Firefox browser, when I start typing the name of the addressee in the TO field, many addressees will not autocomplete, even though they are properly saved in my Gmail contacts list. I looked for common solution for this ... and found: use different browser. I did, and MS Edge works just fine. Is there a setting in Firefox that will fix this?

Asked by Bart&Carol 6 days ago

Texts overlaps on websites!

Hello, I had this problem mostly on 1 site across multiple Windows installs. But now it happens on multiple sites. Text overlap each other. I Am using Windows 10 Pro 20H2… (read more)

Hello,

I had this problem mostly on 1 site across multiple Windows installs. But now it happens on multiple sites. Text overlap each other. I Am using Windows 10 Pro 20H2, Firefox Last stable with only UBlock addon.

I tried: even troubleshoot mode didn't help!

- changing/flushing dns didn't help (heard dns could cause that)

Any idea why is this happening. It doesn't look like site issue, since recently it happened multiple times!

Asked by empleat 1 week ago

Last reply by empleat 6 days ago

Remove the "Authentication Required" popup (without being logged in)

Hello, I'm using geckodriver to make a bot that need proxys to run. Only problem I need to add an option for "auth required" proxys. I can setup the proxy but the issue i… (read more)

Hello, I'm using geckodriver to make a bot that need proxys to run. Only problem I need to add an option for "auth required" proxys. I can setup the proxy but the issue is that the default "Authentication Required" popup make selenium crash. How can I disable this option in about:config ?

Thank you...

Asked by ambrodu 6 days ago

WidevineCdm crashes on Firefox 78.10 (Mac OS)

WidevinCdm crashes. I have submitted multiple crash reports but not sure if any went through. There was no pop-up window or any field to describe the problem like what th… (read more)

WidevinCdm crashes. I have submitted multiple crash reports but not sure if any went through. There was no pop-up window or any field to describe the problem like what the 'Learn more..' link says when the crash occurs.


I have already seen other reports of this problem (e.g. https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/questions/1334218 )


Crash seen on:

Firefox 78.10.0 Mac OS 10.9.5 (Can't upgrade further on existing HW)


I don't like the recommendation on the above URL to install an older version of Firefox. We never tell anyone to go back to old versions of our SW if the bug is created by the new version. For me, the crashes started right AFTER I upgraded Firefox to 78.10.0. I was watching CBS shows. So the crash has a definite connection to the Firefox upgrade. I haven't changed anything else on my MacBook. I had no problem watching the shows on previous versions of Firefox.

To reproduce the crash, try to watch a "free" CBS show ( e.g. https://www.cbs.com/shows/fbi/ ). No subscription needed for a few episodes available for free.

Asked by khufia-ffmoz 1 week ago

Last reply by khufia-ffmoz 6 days ago

email read receipt

Most read receipt options do not work with Firefox browser. There is nothing in my Options in the menu to turn on read receipts it just isnt that easy or everyone would k… (read more)

Most read receipt options do not work with Firefox browser. There is nothing in my Options in the menu to turn on read receipts it just isnt that easy or everyone would know it by now. So what works with Firefox browser to get email read receipts without the recipient knowing? Do I need to use another browser?

Asked by cargal68 6 days ago

Security popup?

When trying to paste text in a message window this message pops up: "Because of your browser security settings, the editor is not able to access your clipboard data direc… (read more)

When trying to paste text in a message window this message pops up:

"Because of your browser security settings, the editor is not able to access your clipboard data directly. You are required to paste it again in this window."

I have no idea why and have looked all over the FF settings for something to change, but no luck.

I'm also suddenly having problems with TamperMonkey not running scripts even though it shows they are enabled.

I was able to past directly into the "Plugins" window below.

Win7 Pro, I'm the only user on PC.

Thanks.

Asked by FireFok_user 1 week ago

Last reply by FireFok_user 6 days ago

MacOS not allowing me to import anything other than bookmarks

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Hello, I’m trying copy my passwords etc over from Firefox. Every time I follow the step and the import wizard comes up all it has listed is bookmarks. I’ve looked everywhere and I can’t for the life of me find a way to allow it to access the other stuff I want to sync from safari.

Asked by Calum 1 week ago

Last reply by Calum 6 days ago

twitch and 120 FPS stream/video

When i watch the stream with 120 FPS, i got "skipped flames" and the video stops for a moment, at the same time, everything is fine in the Edge (no freezes and 0 skipped … (read more)

When i watch the stream with 120 FPS, i got "skipped flames" and the video stops for a moment, at the same time, everything is fine in the Edge (no freezes and 0 skipped flames)

-- Video decode uses only 60-80% in both browsers -- On Windows 8.1 i have skipped flames but no see freezes (Old pc) -- I try default firefox (clean install, w/o addons etc) - without results.

What suggestions?

Asked by nyz 6 days ago

Links and custom links now open in tab instead of being handled by Windows OS.

I detected recently a change in behaviour that is annoying me quite a bit. I do not know where to change such behaviour. It concerns examples such as : A link like "file:… (read more)

I detected recently a change in behaviour that is annoying me quite a bit. I do not know where to change such behaviour. It concerns examples such as :

A link like "file://path_to_some_folder" used to open Windows Explorer and now opens a new tab.

A link like "thunderlink://blahblah" used to open the associated application just like that. Now it first opens a new tab before doing so. Leaves me with lots of unnecessary tabs (only having "thunderlink://..." in their titlebar).

I assume it is the one or the other default setting that changed, but I cannot figure out how to restore the original behaviour.

Asked by firefox1342 6 days ago

Why audio dont' stop in FF in chrome it works?

Why audio dont' stop in FF in chrome it works? live link http://staracm8.beget.tech/index.php?option=com_joomlaquiz&view=quiz&Itemid=108 start - https://prnt.sc/1… (read more)

Why audio dont' stop in FF in chrome it works?

live link http://staracm8.beget.tech/index.php?option=com_joomlaquiz&view=quiz&Itemid=108

start - https://prnt.sc/12keyev

stop playing music - https://prnt.sc/12kf0n0 paused:true in js - but music playing https://prnt.sc/12kf2rh

video - https://screenrec.com/share/DsSRqUQ5OT

Asked by starac012_1 6 days ago

Last reply by starac012_1 6 days ago

Firefox extends onto 2nd display when window is maximized.

Firefox Browser 89.0b6 (64-bit) Developer Edition Windows 10 Pro 20H2 Build 19042.804 Feature Experience Pack 120.2212.551.0 I currently have two displays connected, the … (read more)

Firefox Browser 89.0b6 (64-bit) Developer Edition Windows 10 Pro 20H2 Build 19042.804 Feature Experience Pack 120.2212.551.0

I currently have two displays connected, the 2nd display is positioned above my primary display, the two displays are arranged as such in the Display settings.

With Firefox open on my primary display; if the window is Maximized, it extends several pixels beyond the top of the screen and onto the second display above.

If I go into Display settings and rearrange the displays so that Windows behaves as though the 2nd display was actually to the right of the primary display, maximized Firefox windows to do not extend onto the 2nd display.

From what I have observed (a handful of various browsers, notepad++, office applications, adobe reader, explorer, cmd, and other miscellaneous software), this seems to be specific to Firefox.

It appears to be that Firefox is drawing itself slightly beyond the top of the desktop when maximized.

It is enough to cover approximately the lower two thirds of the information in the 'status bar' area of the windows on the 2nd display.

Is this a known issue? Is there some a way to fix this? Is this somehow not an issue with Firefox despite it only happening with Firefox?

Any help is appreciated.

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Moving Bookmarks to new PC

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I'm trying to move all my Bookmarks to a new Win 10 PC. When I do that, the folders I have for various subjects are empty and all the Bookmarks end up in one large list.

After years of keeping them organized, I've got a mess. Help/suggestions appreciated.

Asked by RacerRon 1 week ago

Last reply by RacerRon 6 days ago

Scxript running in background slows or stops Firefox Running

Hi Sript from an unknown source is causing either slowing or stopping browser how do Identify and stop the scrips Computer Lenovo Desktop Op Sys … (read more)

Hi Sript from an unknown source is causing either slowing or stopping browser how do Identify and stop the scrips

Computer Lenovo Desktop Op Sys Win !0 Browser Firefox

All are upto date

Thanks Roy

Asked by rwbg04774 6 days ago

On the file icon...email link should show yahoo.com not hotmail.com please update

Please change the email link on the File icon to my yahoo account instead of hotmail. I have no idea how to do it. [Personal information removed by moderator. Please rea… (read more)

Please change the email link on the File icon to my yahoo account instead of hotmail. I have no idea how to do it.

[Personal information removed by moderator. Please read Mozilla Support rules and guidelines, thanks.]

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