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rangalo 07-11-2007 06:39 AM

Strange problem with Firefox

I am running slackware 11.

I have installed firefox- from

I am running fluxbox as my window manager.

I have a strange problem with firefox. Suddenly, it stops responding and the window area is not redrawn, it doesn't respond to mouse or keyboard. When I kill it with kill -9, and restart firefox, I get the message box asking whether I want to restore the old session or start a new one. Regardless of what I select, firefox then disappears. I can see in the process list but running on pts/18 or so. I think this is strange.

Any ideas ?


pete_bogg 07-11-2007 07:35 AM

Strange, but not uncommon.

I have seen this behavior with clean installs of Slackware 11.0 and 12.0. I also have seen this with clean installs of various versions of Zenwalk.

When firefox works, it works great. When it freezes, or shuts down, it doesn't work at all.

If you search the forums, you will find several posts that address this issue.

By the way, I have only seen this behavior occur with Mozilla and Seamonkey. I have not seen it with Konqueror.

rangalo 07-12-2007 07:14 AM


I read your post about this. But no solution was given in the post. You thread got converted in eye-candy thread for firefox.

Now, for me the solution is to reboot (reminds me of M$)

Any other thing I can do ?


slackhack 07-12-2007 07:35 AM

i would remove that package and just use the provided firefox. i never had much luck with and try to avoid them whenever possible. compile yourself, or use a binary (like the firefox) -- you're much better off, imho.

pete_bogg 07-12-2007 09:14 AM

slackhack -> This also occurs with the firefox version included with slackware 12. As it occurred with the firefox versions included with multiple releases of Zenwalk and the version that was included with slackware 11.

As far as I can tell, either firefox (and other mozilla variants)doesn't want to play nice with slackware (and its variants), or it is broken.

Linux.tar.gz 07-13-2007 10:14 AM

I also always use the's binary. And it always works fine.

adriv 07-13-2007 03:37 PM

Open a terminal and type firefox -safe-mode
Make sure you mark all the checkboxes.

The problem still exists then?

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