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Old 07-13-2018, 12:06 PM   #1
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Firefox 60.1.0esr profile inflation (CentOS 7)

Yesterday I upgraded Firefox on CentOS 7.5 to 60.1.0esr. In addition to obsoleting half of my addons I noticed that space consumed by my profile had increased dramatically. I tracked down most of the bloat to 98 "language packs" totaling 52 MB. Fortunately I can simply delete the offending files and so far they have not come back.

I have discussed this on a Firefox support forum and I was told that this was not inherent in Firefox 60 but rather something specific in the CentOS package. My investigation points to this being partly true.

I have a virtual machine running Ubuntu Mate 18.04. It has Firefox 60 but no language packs. I upgraded Firefox on several other CentOS 7.5 machines (from the CentOS repos) and found no language packs UNTIL the first time I launched Firefox. At this point they were installed apparently by something in Firefox which seems to be specific to CentOS.

Does anyone have any insight to what is going on? Can someone tell me if this happens with the upstream vendor's update (RHEL)?

I have upgraded and cleaned out 14 profiles on other machines, special and test accounts etc. Rather a PITA. I would like to find the offending setting so I can make sure that it stays set to "no language packs for me, thank you."

My account on the CentOS forum is at the moment hosed (I have been my email addresses in preparation for changing providers.) I will also check there once I get my account there sorted.




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