[CentOS] annoying random Firefox crash - how to debug?

Paul Bijnens Paul.Bijnens at xplanation.com
Wed Feb 17 11:17:47 UTC 2010

On 2010-02-17 10:23, Rudi Ahlers wrote:
> IS it the graphics card? Other programs, like Bluefish, Eclipse, Open 
> Office, etc doesn't crash.

I also have the problem, also using an nvidia card (currently using
their proprietary driver now, version NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-190.42-pkg2.run).

My thunderbird used to be rock stable (uptimes several weeks), but
recently it started to crash as well (about once a week or so).

Even more disturbing is that now gnome-terminal also starts crashing.
I usually have many (30+) gnome terminal windows open on several virtual screens
and on a crash, they all disappear (except maybe one or two, which were
started by another launcher).

What I also noticed is that "suddenly" the focus changes, and many (all?)
minimized windows suddenly get unminimized again.
I also have lots of yellow sticky notes, usually hidden, and they also
suddenly get unhiden as well (that's usually how I notice the focus

Maybe window manager related (I'm using the standard gnome in centos5 latest)?

Sometimes, it even happens when I'm not at my keyboard at all...
And, indeed, it gets more frequent recently. (Firefox crashing several times a day,
gnome-terminal 1-2 times a week. Windows unminimizing without any action on
my part several times a day as well.)

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