[CentOS] firefox is incredibly unstable

Johnny Hughes johnny at centos.org
Fri Oct 24 11:38:45 UTC 2008

sbeam wrote:
> On Thursday 16 October 2008 07:26, Michael Simpson wrote:
>>> Ditto here. Have you run an "rpm --verify" to see if you have corruption
>>> problems? Have you mixed installs from (possibly conflicting) repos? I
>>> suspect one of those two. Have you checked your hardware (memtest,
>>> etc.)? If the system is haeavily loaded, have you checked to see if it's
>>> a heat related problem?
> ok thanks guys, the firefox RPM was normal and the system is solid 64bit, it's 
> just Firefox that has problems.
> In the past crashes could be triggered just by simple UI interaction, 
> scrolling or click/drag, etc. Seemed like any time it would use GTK widgets 
> it was on thin ice. I run KDE so I wondered if any other KDE users have this 
> problem.
> But I am running the mozilla.org binary now, so I can get crashreporter to 
> work - but it doesn't...
> https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=460254
> anyway this is not a CentOS issue it seems. But thanks for letting me know.
> Sam


Most people responding are probably running the 32bit (i386) version of
CentOS.  If you are running the x86_64 arch and also running the
Mozilla.org firefox then you are PROBABLY doing so via the 32bit
compatibility libs.

It has been my experience that this is far less stable (32bit
compatibility libs on x86_64) for many things, not just firefox.

I have never personally recommended running the x86_64 arch on a desktop
workstation ... and in fact, I have several 64bit capable machines that
I personally use as workstations where I install the 32bit (i386
version) of CentOS.

I know everyone THINKS that they want/need the x86_64 arch ... however,
the rest of the world outside the base OS are really not quite ready for

I personally only use x86_64 on servers where I can remove all the
i[3,4,5,6]86 RPMS and go "x86_64 only" ... where it works great.

This is, of course, one man's opinion :D

Also, there are newer versions of Adobe Reader
(AdobeReader_enu-8.1.2_SU1) and Adobe Flash
(flash-plugin- that are a bit more stable than the
earlier ones.  Specifically, the SU1 version of Adobe Reader is better
than the standard 8.1.2 version.

Johnny Hughes

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