Subject: Thunderbird causing system crash, need guidance
Adam Vande More
amvandemore at gmail.com
Mon Dec 11 02:02:17 UTC 2017
On Sun, Dec 10, 2017 at 6:45 PM, Gary Aitken <
garya at nightmare.dreamchaser.org> wrote:
> Hi all,
> Looking for guidance diagnosing a system crash caused by
> attempting to start Thunderbird.
> 10.3-RELEASE-p20 FreeBSD 10.3-RELEASE-p20 #0: Wed Jul 12 03:13:07
> UTC 2017 root at amd64-builder.daemonology.net:/usr/obj/usr
> /src/sys/GENERIC amd64
> After running flawlessly for over a month, I started having
> sluggish behavior. Since this is a known problem with firefox
> 56, I exited and restarted it several times over the course of a
> few days. Then yesterday (2017-12-08) the system hung and
> I have narrowed the cause down to Thunderbird 52.4.0, or at least
> something associated with it.
> The system + X seem to still run fine; openoffice, firefox, gimp.
> When I attempt to start t-bird the cursor disappears almost
> immediately, followed by a long wait with the display apparently
> frozen, and then results in a crash and reboot.
> It seems t-bird should crash/dump core without crashing the
> system if it was just a t-bird problem, even if it's a bad binary
> I originally had crash dumps disabled, so changed
> dumpdev="NO" to "AUTO" in rc.conf
> but still no dump in /var/crash
> only thing in /var/crash is minfree, which says "2048"
> At reboot, I see the message
> "No suitable dump device was found"
> so presumably that is the cause of the missing dump.
> It may be my sys config, as /tmp and swap are memdisks.
> The disk has no swap or tmp partition; I'm not sure how or if I
> can modify fstab or the config to get swap on disk for a dump.
> From fstab:
> /dev/ufs/hd250G1root / ufs rw,noatime 1 1
> /dev/ufs/hd250G1var /var ufs rw,noatime 2 2
> /dev/ufs/hd250G1usr /usr ufs rw,noatime 7 3
> tmpfs /tmp tmpfs rw,mode=01777 0 0
> md99 none swap sw,file=/usr/swap/swap,late 0
> /var is 16G
> It seems like it may be corrupted disk data, but I'm wondering if
> there's a good way to diagnose that.
Your swap configuration is also mostly likely silly. If you need more
performance, that's not the way to do it.
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