firefox audio / youtube crashes?

Sean DuBois sean at
Thu Aug 8 16:49:12 UTC 2013

Hey Gary,

Try launching FireFox in a terminal emulator, do you get an error
message related to cubeb_refill_stream? To fix the error
try either setting media.use_cubeb -> false in about:config
or rebuild audio/alsa-plugins with ARIFF_OSS disabled.

On Thu, Aug 08, 2013 at 12:25:41AM -0600, Gary Aitken wrote:
> I think I should know this but I don't, and a search didn't turn up anything
> recent.
> It's my understanding firefox 22 with html5 should allow playing youtube videos
> without the flash plugin.  But when I try to watch a youtube video, firefox
> crashes.  I had this working on firefox 17 under 9.0 but don't know how it was
> configured...  My firefox is installed with the following options:  
> /usr/ports/www/firefox$ make showconfig
> ===> The following configuration options are available for firefox-22.0,1:
>      DBUS=on: D-Bus IPC system support
>      DEBUG=off: Install debug symbols
>      GCONF=off: GConf configuration backend support
>      GIO=on: GIO for file I/O
>      GNOMEUI=off: libgnomeui support module
>      GNOMEVFS2=off: GnomeVFS2 (virtual file system) support
>      GSTREAMER=off: Multimedia support via GStreamer
>      LIBPROXY=off: Proxy support via libproxy
>      LOGGING=on: Additional log messages
>      OPTIMIZED_CFLAGS=off: Use extra compiler optimizations
>      PGO=off: Use Profile-Guided Optimization
>      WEBRTC=on: Web Real-Time Communication
> ====> Options available for the single AUDIO: you have to select exactly one of them
>      ALSA=on: ALSA audio architecture support
>      PULSEAUDIO=off: PulseAudio sound server support
> I installed the following as freshports indicated they were needed to run,
> but it made no difference:
>     www/nspluginwrapper
>     audio/alsa-lib
>     multimedia/libv4l
> hints?
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