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Hey guys. I'm running slackware 11.0. I've tried both E16 and E17 desktops and the problem continues to happen on both.
I'm running FF 2.0 from the slackware repository. I leave it up and it seems every 3 days, the CPU will peg at 100%. Using top/htop, it shows the firefox-bin process using 90% or so of the CPU. And this is completely at idle.
agree with that
i'm using Firefox package from Mozilla (not from Slackware package) and i experience the same thing. It consumes too much resources and it didn't only happened in Linux, but in Windows also
i hope Firefox 3.0 will less hunger for memory consumption
Why do I need it open that long? Because it's the most used application on my machine. I drop it onto desktop 2 and just leave it open. No reason to close applications that I'll just have to reopen the next time I sit down in the chair.
What's strange is that the CPU usage starts at 0 for the first day or so. Then all of a sudden it spikes to 100%. Resource hog I can understand. But it shouldn't be processing anything. I fail to see how sitting on www.google.com for any length of time would cause CPU usage, let along 100% usage.
FWIW i've noticed FF2 will eat all my memory, then swap, so the system starts swapping ... that usually raises the CPU after a day or two. I'm considering rolling back to 1.5 ... as yet I can't decide if there are any features in 2 that i need.
PID USER PR NI VIRT RES SHR S %CPU %MEM TIME+ COMMAND
6469 rberquis 17 0 83856 80m 19m R 88.1 16.1 3005:10 firefox-bin
6473 rberquis 11 0 83856 80m 19m S 10.3 16.1 223:29.66 firefox-bin
CPU is once again pegged. As you can see, the swap space is untouched.
Edit: I'll try disabling forecastfox when I get home.
Edit: another update
OK, so after 2 days of googling "firefox CPU usage" and getting nothing, I took your advice and searched for "forecastfox CPU usage". BAM, answers. Several website including forecastfox's own website state the following:
We are aware of the CPU Usage Bug. This appears like it may be a bug in Firefox's progressmeter implementation. We are currently tracking it here: http://bugs.ensolis.com/show_bug.cgi?id=200 and we believe it will be fixed with Firefox 18.104.22.168.
I've got the same issue as you and I too have forcastfox installed. The only other extension I have installed in common is download statusbar.
I leave firefox running a lot because I'm often in the middle of doing something, 8 or 9 tabs open and then get called away. I might not get back to it for a couple of days. Until I finish my research or whatever I'm doing, why would I close out firefox ? It should be able to run indefinitely.
Are you using Firefox 2.*?
You can restart your closed session by selecting this option in Preferences --> General --> When Firefox starts "open my windows and tabs of the previous session" (could be slightly different, my FF is Dutch )
Another thing that can cause this behavior is a corrupted FF-profile. Create an new one, move important stuff from you old to your new profile (bookmarks, passwords etc.) but NOT your extensions/themes! Of course, then you will have to install those extensions again.
What you're describing is a classic memory leak, and yes, it can eat up processor cycles. I agree with sn9ke_eyes it should be able to run indefinitely, but sometimes programs don't work that way. This is a well known problem with ff too. I don't use forcastfox, but I have two other extensions in common with you and I've had the same type of problem on 1.5 I know this isn't much of an answer but all I do is quit firefox for a minute and then reload - no more memory leak!