[arch-general] Arch shutdown because of firefox

Thomas Bächler thomas at archlinux.org
Tue May 11 12:23:29 EDT 2010

Am 11.05.2010 18:09, schrieb b1:
> Well it seesm like you are not the only one with this problem. I think I
> experience the same, although with a slightly different setup and
> therefore alternate consequences. 
> I am running gnome on my 32bit Arch Linux machine, with a ati
> graphics-card. Sometimes firefox crashes and gnome restarts. No complete
> shutdown in my case, but I have to login again. However this only
> happens with the flash-plugin being enabled. Unfortunately I wasn't able
> to reproduce the problem, it occurs without any pattern (At least none
> which I could discover).
> However, i therefore installed flashblock on firefox. Since then I
> havn't experienced this problem again. Therefore I think that your
> shutdown (my gnome restart) is definitly caused by flashplugin+firefox
> itself. Overheating or strange scripts, aren't the problem in my case (I
> am sure, since it is a pretty standard install and the temps are ok).
> Currently I was waiting for the next update to eventually fix the
> problem (since I can live without flash).
> But eventually someone has some clues of how to troubleshoot this (Is
> there any firefox stacktrace???).

There is a huge difference between your problem and the other one:

Yours is perfectly explained by a bug in the X server or your display
driver (when this happened, look at /var/log/Xorg.0.log.old for a
backtrace), which would be triggered by the flashplugin.
The original problem involves a graceful system shutdown, which is not
explained by any bug I can think of.

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