9.0 PRERELEASE freezing when running Gnome and Firefox

Jukka A. Ukkonen jau at iki.fi
Thu Dec 1 17:27:28 UTC 2011


Has anybody else seen FreeBSD 9.0 PRERELEASE freezing totally when
using X11, Gnome, and Firefox?

Usually it does not happen immediately after starting firefox but
instead everything might be just fine for about 1/2h, maybe even
1h or so.
Then, when it hits, it just hits without any warning. Neither does
the system log anything nor does it panic in a controlled manner.
It just stops reacting to anything at all. The keyboard falls dead.
The network connections freeze. All disk activity stops. It will not
even respond to a ping.

The system is a 12 core AMD64 environment. The last kernel I have
tried is now roughly 2 days old or so (compiled Nov 29th), but as far
as I can tell in 2 days there have been no patches to the system
which could have an obvious positive effect to this sort of a problem.

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