firefox crash

Ralf Mardorf ralf.mardorf at
Thu Sep 22 08:06:55 UTC 2016

On Thu, 22 Sep 2016 09:41:05 +0200, Andrea Venturoli wrote:
>On 09/21/16 07:50, Ralf Mardorf via freebsd-questions wrote:
>> Hi,
>> the OP seemingly is not affected, but assuming somebody searches the
>> archive and should care about "firefox crash" and should be running
>> FreeBSD 10.3 i386:
>I've had Firefox crashing constantly: I've suspected it to be an 
>i386-only problem, I suspected it was an issue with some dependency, I 
>recompiled everyhing with debug support without being able to get a 
>useful trace anyway, I asked on the list without getting any helpful 
>hint, finally could not get to the root cause until you suggested the
>I've also tried finding a better (less worse?) browser than Firefox,
>but until now could not achieve this.

You noticed the follow-up?

Begin forwarded message:

Date: Wed, 21 Sep 2016 12:03:28 +0200
Subject: Re: FreeBSD Port: multimedia/ffmpeg

On Wed, Sep 21, 2016 at 01:07:30AM -0400, Robert Burmeister wrote:

> FreeBSD 10.3 i386
> multimedia/ffmpeg 2.8.8,1
> still crashes on i386 [Bug 204354] / [Bug 205958]
> As Firefox now uses FFMPEG exclusively instead of gstreamer,
> this bug is becoming impractical to work around.

Well, a practical workaround is always to build the port yourself using
different OPTIONs :-)
Jokes aside, your point is of course valid. It seems there are still a
large enough number of i386 CPUs in production that can't work with
the SSE/SSE2-optimisations in ffmpeg. We might need to drop these
optimisations in the set of default OPTIONs on i386.

In your particular case: What exact CPU is this? Could you confirm
that building an ffmpeg package without the SSE OPTION resolves the
issue for you?

Thanks and best regards

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