New Firefox Upgrade, Then Crash

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Earlier today I upgrade firefox, closed the old version, opened the new, and first it froze– displayed a message about a script running and asking me if I wanted to stop it; I said no to let it run– then it crashed and disappeared.

# ps -ef|grep firefox root 3150 4904 0 14:08 pts/2 00:00:00 grep –color=auto firefox

# uname -r

# cat /etc/CentOS-release CentOS Linux release 7.2.1511 (Core)

3 thoughts on - New Firefox Upgrade, Then Crash

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    do you run firefox as root? bad move if you do.

    firefox has a lot running, among them is the add-ons manager.

    when you open firefox, it takes time to open everything. same during closing.

    you can see get an idea of time it take by opening “System Monitor” and select “Memory” column. you will then note that is at top of list, if not next to it. this is because firefox is a memory hog and the longer it runs, the more memory it uses. firefox is not written to release any part memory after it has been used.

    you can see a lot of what all is happening if you start firefox for cli with “firefox &” then close it after it has fully opened to see.

    if you have firefox running from ‘icon’, or app launcher, close it and then try to open again without it fully closing, a lot of corruption can/will/may happen.

    therefore, i never restart firefox without it fully closing. the way i insure this is to always have “System Monitor” running and reduced to panel. when i close firefox, i raise “System Monitor” and watch for firefox to close.

    this has been a practice for me for several years and it has helped.

    granted, this has been for versions up to 38.7.0 and i imagine that i will find it needed to deal with 46.x, which i greatly regret with the problems i have seen on this list as well the mozilla firefox list.

    mozilla firefox devs have fallen into a deep hole trying to keep up with chrome. they are afraid of losing users and are writing a bunch of crap because of. the devs have reached a point of being ‘re-writers’
    instead of ‘fixers’. the more they re-write, the more they have to re-write again. they have forgotten the word ‘debug’.

  • I can’t tell from your post whether you closed ff before the update or after. I would always recommend closing then updating and then re-opening, otherwise you could get some odd results.

    This update of FF brought along a bunch of nss package updates. I
    believe that you need to reboot to get a stable system after these updates.

    I can’t tell what you were trying to show with your grep output. All it is showing is the grep (for firefox) itself.

    By the way, it looks like you may be selectively updating your system. The current kernel is 3.10.0-327.13.1.el7.x86_64. Your kernel is from mid-february. There have been around 200 updates, including a kernel, since then. Applying the FF update, with the other updates that came in tow, without otherwise fully updating your system puts it in an unsupported and potentially unstable state, so all bets are off.

    I would suggest fully updating your system, rebooting it, and then trying the new FF again (without saved tabs).