[Clfs-support] Firefox-32 segfaults, Firefox-64 erratic behavious

Reimundo Heluani rheluani at gmail.com
Thu Jul 16 15:09:42 PDT 2009

On Wed, 2009-07-15 at 23:26 -0400, Joe Ciccone wrote:
> Reimundo Heluani wrote:
> > Hello List, compiled Firefox 3.5 against Xulrunner 1.9.1 on a multilib
> > X86 system, and I have this really
> > strange behaviour. Firefox-64 runs, and I can browse the wiki for
> > example without trouble
> > but as soon as I try any of "save file" "preferences" etc. the browser
> > hangs. Similary,
> > it hangs opening gmail.com, nytimes.com, or anything requiring a plugin.
> > What is most confusing is that Firefox-32 segfaults on startup. But if
> > there is a running copy of
> > Firefox-64, then Firefox-32 runs fine (same hangs though) This I guess
> > means that Firefox-32 needs some libraries that Firefox-64 loads to
> > memory, that's why it doesn't crash on startup if Firefox-64 is
> > already running.
> > Next, after running Firefox-32, Firefox-64 won't load again, it will
> > hang on loading, requiring removal of .mozilla to load again.
> >
> >   
> Yes, this will happen if you use the same .mozilla/firefox for 32bit and
> 64bit. To this day I'm still not sure exactly what file is the cause of
> this, but It could be any of the configuration files such as
> compatibility.ini, extensions.ini or xpti.dat, I see references to lib64
> in all those as well as pluginreg.dat. I've always thought about
> tweaking the build to have .mozilla/firefox-32 and .mozilla/firefox-64.
> > Same results with Firefox 3.0.11 on xulrunner so I
> > guess it has to do with some configuration... Any ideas?
> >   
> Another thought is if you're using a 32bit plugin, try nspluginwrapper
> so you dont need a 32bit firefox. I forget if I added it to cblfs or
> not, if not you're welcome to tackle it or I'll slap it in there as soon
> as I can.

Thanks for pointing this out. Actually I usually don't really care about
flash so I rarely bother installing the plugin. But installing this
plugin solves the issue of Firefox hanging at most websites (this is
really strange though, it shouldn't hang on lack of a plugin). Now I can
go to nytimes.com at least. 

On the other hand the browser still hangs on gmail's inbox (this might
be a programming issue, it happened before on Firefox 2...) but the
thing that puzzles me the most is that it hangs when I try to open the



> Same thing with Firefox 3.5, I have yet to install it.
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