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

Joe Ciccone jciccone at gmail.com
Thu Jul 16 18:15:19 PDT 2009

Reimundo Heluani wrote:
> 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
> preferences!

I'm not sure about why it's hanging, I've never had any issues like
that. I've only seen the issue where it segfaults when you try to open
the different versions.

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