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    petrus_apianus NNTP User

    Talking firefox/plasma memory leak?

    I'm running OpenSUSE 11.0 on a Dell M6300. Everything has been working fine until the last day or so. Now every time I open Firefox, plasma starts growing in memory until its usage approaches 90% of the 4 Gig installed. I assume that this is related to the latest updates to Firefox but I'm not sure what to do to rectify the problem. Any suggestions?

    Thanks,

    -- Pete

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    Default Re: firefox/plasma memory leak?

    In a terminal try using

    top

    and

    ps


    remember you can see their manual eg:

    man ps

    see if you pick anything up from those. It seems unlikely that plasma has issue with a FF update.
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    Default Re: firefox/plasma memory leak?

    Quote Originally Posted by caf4926
    In a terminal try using

    top

    and

    ps


    remember you can see their manual eg:

    man ps

    see if you pick anything up from those. It seems unlikely that plasma
    has issue with a FF update.
    Hi
    xrestop may be a better indicator

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    Default Re: firefox/plasma memory leak?

    okay well I start up a firefox window and here is the output from top:

    Tasks: 133 total, 1 running, 132 sleeping, 0 stopped, 0 zombie
    Cpu(s): 4.4%us, 5.7%sy, 0.0%ni, 0.0%id, 88.9%wa, 0.3%hi, 0.7%si, 0.0%st
    Mem: 4060380k total, 4040248k used, 20132k free, 732k buffers
    Swap: 8393952k total, 579916k used, 7814036k free, 85828k cached

    PID USER PR NI VIRT RES SHR S %CPU %MEM TIME+ COMMAND
    10537 me 20 0 4203m 3.5g 14m D 10 89.9 0:18.10 plasma
    20 root 15 -5 0 0 0 D 2 0.0 0:14.60 kswapd0

    -- Pete

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    Default Re: firefox/plasma memory leak?

    Try disabling all your FF extensions
    If that helps, then add them back 1 at a time.
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    Default Re: firefox/plasma memory leak?

    Okay I removed extensions. Rebooted everything.

    top before firefox

    2547 root 20 0 179m 70m 13m R 6 1.8 0:24.98 Xorg
    3160 me 20 0 386m 35m 17m S 5 0.9 0:09.70 plasma

    top after firefox

    3160 me 20 0 4020m 3.4g 17m D 23 88.6 0:23.49 plasma
    20 root 15 -5 0 0 0 D 6 0.0 0:00.88 kswapd0
    2547 root 20 0 179m 70m 12m S 1 1.8 0:27.10 Xorg

    still no love between firefox and plasma

    thanks,

    -- Pete

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    Default Re: firefox/plasma memory leak?

    Which version of Firefox are u using?
    Post back the output of this command "rpm -qi MozillaFirefox"

    Also, can you check if you are experiencing the same on GNOME also, if you have it installed

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    Thanks, here is the output:

    rpm -qi MozillaFirefox
    Name : MozillaFirefox Relocations: (not relocatable)
    Version : 3.0.3 Vendor: SUSE LINUX Products GmbH, Nuernberg, Germany
    Release : 1.1 Build Date: Thu 02 Oct 2008 06:29:24 PM EDT
    Install Date: Mon 06 Oct 2008 08:17:02 AM EDT Build Host: soellner.suse.de
    Group : Productivity/Networking/Web/Browsers Source RPM: MozillaFirefox-3.0.3-1.1.src.rpm
    Size : 3375650 License: GPL v2 or later; LGPL v2.1 or later; MOZILLA PUBLIC LICENSE (MPL/NPL)
    Signature : DSA/SHA1, Thu 02 Oct 2008 06:36:43 PM EDT, Key ID a84edae89c800aca
    Packager : Submitting Bug Reports - openSUSE
    URL : Mozilla.org - Home of the Mozilla Project
    Summary : Mozilla Firefox Web Browser
    Description :
    Mozilla Firefox, formerly known as Phoenix and Firebird, is a redesign
    of the Mozilla browser component, similar to Galeon, K-Meleon and
    Camino, but written using the XUL user interface language and designed
    to be cross-platform. It is a stand-alone application instead of part
    of the Mozilla Application Suite.



    Authors:
    --------
    Mozilla Foundation <drivers@mozilla.org>
    Distribution: openSUSE 11.0 (X86-64)


    I guess I'm not entirely convinced to problem is Firefox.
    I'll see if Konquerer causes the same problem.
    I don't have gnome installed at the moment.

    thanks,

    -- Pete

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    Default Re: firefox/plasma memory leak?

    By any chance do you have an ATI Graphics card?
    If yes then have you installed fglrx drivers? This is a known problem with Firefox on ATI systems.
    Also have you enabled desktop effects?
    Try this tweaks to enhance the performance
    Possible solution for 'odd' pauses and delays while using computer - openSUSE Forums

    Disable IPv6 for Firefox - openSUSE

    I had the same problem as you had. I did some tweaking and my Firefox is blazing fast now . I use a lot of other linux distros and Firefox seems to be faster on openSUSE.

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    petrus_apianus NNTP User

    Default Re: firefox/plasma memory leak?

    Thanks,

    graphics card: NVIDIA Quatro FX 1600M
    so I don't think this is the problem.

    I've disabled ipv6 in firefox.
    I'll try this out and see if it fixes things

    Thanks,

    -- Pete

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