[arch-general] Firefox on Arch - crash on exit

Tim Gelter tgelter at gurulabs.com
Mon Jul 20 11:37:10 EDT 2009

Andrei Thorp wrote:
> Excerpts from Tim Gelter's message of Mon Jul 20 11:18:38 -0400 2009:
>> Andrei Thorp wrote:
>>> Excerpts from Tim Gelter's message of Mon Jul 20 10:48:54 -0400 2009:
>>>> Damien Churchill wrote:
>>>>> 2009/7/20 Dario <carotinobg at yahoo.it>:
>>>>>> Hi!
>>>>>> In data lunedì 20 luglio 2009 06:48:00, Tim Gelter ha scritto:
>>>>>>> "Firefox is already running, but is not responding. To open a new
>>>>>>> window, you must first close the existing Firefox process, or restart
>>>>>>> your system."
>>>>>> Mmm I remember something like this happening on Windows (*cough*) machines at
>>>>>> school. The solution was to clear the hidden Application Data (or what is
>>>>>> called) folder under Documents and Settings. Here probably is something like a
>>>>>> lock file, I think.
>>>>>> Ciao!
>>>>>> Carotinho
>>>>>> Chiacchiera con i tuoi amici in tempo reale!
>>>>>>  http://it.yahoo.com/mail_it/foot/*http://it.messenger.yahoo.com
>>>>> In ~/.config/mozilla/firefox/[profile] there will be 2 files, "lock"
>>>>> and ".parent_lock" that need to be removed, at least those are the
>>>>> offending 2 when this has happened to me.
>>>> In my case, this isn't a lock file issue. As I explained in my email
>>>> that triggered this thread, the firefox process does in fact continue
>>>> running after I attempt to close firefox. It'll run (consuming very
>>>> little resources) for as long as it takes (minutes, hours, whatever) for
>>>> me to decide to launch firefox again. At this point, I must kill the
>>>> existing firefox process before launching firefox once more. Again, this
>>>> isn't a lock file issue in my case.
>>> I don't know what you issue is (though I don't find Firefox good in
>>> general), but I can provide you a way to automatically kill Firefox on
>>> firefox exit if you like...
>>> (just a wrapper shell script/alias)
>> I appreciate the offer, but it'd be easy enough to do something like:
>> alias firefox="killall firefox && firefox"
>> What I'm looking for is an answer to why Firefox has this issue on arch,
>> but not on other mainstream distros. Or am I really the only user
>> experiencing this issue? (other than the couple of guys who responded
>> saying that deleting a lock file or two solved the issue for them)
> Yeah, I figured you'd know how to do this. I can't speak for everyone,
> but I have no such issues like this with Firefox personally, I'm sorry
> to say.

To whomever might have insight into what's happening, here is what
happens if I attach to the running firefox process after closing
firefox. I can also attach a trace of firefox from the beginning of
operation if that would help. If this is better meant to be included as
a bug report, I can certainly do that but I fear it'll be rejected as
"works for me" by a developer as it seems it only affects some of us.
#  ps -ef | grep -i firefox
tgelter   4688  4329  2 08:40 ?        00:01:23 /usr/bin/firefox
root ~ #  strace -p 4688
Process 4688 attached - interrupt to quit
futex(0x7fea3538c0d0, FUTEX_WAIT_PRIVATE, 2, NULL

^C <unfinished ...>
Process 4688 detached

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