Firefox 1.02 freezes

B. Levin bryan.levin at
Wed Apr 6 08:10:36 PDT 2005

>Tobias Roth wrote:
>> On Tue, Apr 05, 2005 at 09:21:54PM +0800, Erich Dollansky wrote:
>>>>>When I visit, I get those last message and Firefox is frozen:
>>>>any chance this some flash plugins fault? the site works here without
>>>>any flash stuff installed.
>>>I do not have any plugins installed with the exception of Java. The 
>>>effect is different after I deleted pluginreg.dat. I have to click now 
>>>on a link to freeze Firefox.
>>>Can you reproduce the error?
>> no. with a plain fiurefox and no flash/java, the site works without
>> triggering a crash.
>It does not crash, it freezes Firefox. It does not use any CPU time, it 
>does not even repaint the screen, it somply stops reacting to anything.
>It looks like that it has to be something special which triggers the error.

I've seen this many many times on my system.  I use the natively built
firefox 1.02 on freebsd 4.11.  I _constantly_ get hangs on FF at least once
a day.  I disable all plugins (I don't have java or flash even installed; and
I disable jscript for most sites, manually, via the prefsbar).  the hang is
random and not always tied to any kind of page/content.

I have read that there is suspicion on the thread model (?) on bsd.  the
windows folks (and I think the linux guys, also) don't have this problem.
its on netbsd and freebsd (at least).  for now, I'm trying the native
linux binary (built by the FF folks) on bsd to see if linux emulation helps
'fix' the bug.

fyi, mozilla (native on freebsd from ports) never seems to hang on me.  ONLY
firefox, from 1.0 thru 1.0.2.


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