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

Timo Schoeler timo.schoeler at riscworks.net
Wed Feb 17 12:25:08 UTC 2010

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thus Rudi Ahlers spake:
> On Wed, Feb 17, 2010 at 1:17 PM, Paul Bijnens
> <Paul.Bijnens at xplanation.com>wrote:
>> 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
>> change).
>> 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.)
>> --
>> Paul Bijnens, Xplanation Technology Services        Tel  +32 16 397.525
>> Interleuvenlaan 86, B-3001 Leuven, BELGIUM          Fax  +32 16 397.552
>> ***********************************************************************
> Ok, so it isn't just me :)
> But, what is causing the problem? I changed from the default naveou driver
> to the nvidia driver (via yum install nvidia) but that's didn't fix the
> problem either. So I doubt if it actually is the nVidia card / driver that's
> causing the problem.

Same here; I'm tracking nVidia's driver (on CentOS 5.3/5.4 x86_64,
GeForce 8600 GT) for more than a year now. Compared with my home boxen
(same OS, but ATI based) I have the same issue and frequency of WM
disappearing/FF crashing.


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