[rescue] Mozilla Firefox

Charles Shannon Hendrix shannon at widomaker.com
Wed Apr 21 16:01:49 CDT 2004

Wed, 21 Apr 2004 @ 10:30 -0400, Caleb Shay said:

> On Wed, 2004-04-21 at 10:07, Torquil MacCorkle, III wrote:
> > I just installed 'Mozilla Firefox' from pkgsrc.  It is *amazing*.  Finally a
> > Mozilla browser that didn't make me feel a sudden need to upgrade my
> > computer.  So lightweight, doesn't feel as bloated as the old Mozillas.  I
> > love it.  (Although I have only been using it for like 15 minutes... I am
> > probably being hasty.)
> > 
> > Hell, I am being hasty.
> I'd have to agree with you that it is nice and fast and lightweight.  A
> quick comparison from top on my ...(furtively looks to see if Dave is
> around)... AMD64 Linux box shows me:
> 26074 caleb     15   0  194m  35m 140m S  0.0  3.5   0:00.78 mozilla-bin
> 26116 caleb     16   0 37044  19m  21m S  0.0  1.9   0:00.72 firefox-bin
> That's a HUGE difference in resource consumption.

It starts out light, but in my experience it quickly grows to the size
of my Mozilla browser.

In fact, I find it leaks a little faster than Mozilla in some cases.

It's really bad on Windows.

I don't notice any increase in speed either.

I run Netscape 7.1 right now, because it leaks memory slower than
Mozilla 1.6.

But really... why should *any* browser use more than around 32MB?

What on Earth are they doing?

The other day Firefox hit 182MB on my system, and Mozilla hit 325MB and
got OOM killed by Linux.

This is with a *modem* connection.

On a cable modem at a Windows site, I can make Mozilla eat all available
memory in under 30 minutes without much trouble.

Go to some site with a lot of pictures, like Bill's computer/geek stuff,
and middle click to open a bunch of tabs.  Watch memory grow and grow,
and never come back.

That's what gets me... the browsers must have memory leaks.  Most
programs eventually reach a plateau.  In my experience, a browser will
just keep growing until it is killed.

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