Bug#641541: xulrunner-6.0: eats too much (well beyond available) memory

Luca Capello luca at pca.it
Wed Sep 14 10:11:01 UTC 2011

Hi Mike!

On Wed, 14 Sep 2011 11:42:31 +0200, Mike Hommey wrote:
> On Wed, Sep 14, 2011 at 11:37:57AM +0200, Luca Capello wrote:
>> 3) I do not think that about 100 tabs (buffers in conkeror) is so much,
>>    especially considering how many Mike has ;-)
>>      <http://glandium.org/blog/?p=2180>
> Note that I was using about 1.4GB memory when I had around 300 or 400
> tabs and wasn't lazy loading them. I wouldn't be surprised that some
> tabs on some sites would make that go up significantly.

The problem is that I had around 100 tabs and xulrunner-6.0 was using
roughly 1-1.5GB VIRT memory, so is 1.5GB the upper limit?

>> I have now installed xulrunner-7.0 and I will report back what happens.

xulrunner-7.0 seems to use the same amount, let me see if it will be
killed someday:

 2886 luca      20   0 1147m 727m  24m S   10 36.3   3:27.64 xulrunner-bin

Two things I have completely forgot to add while reporting the bug:

a) no external plugins here (no Flash/Gnash, no Java)

b) xulrunner is the main battery drainer (see the CPU/MEM consumption
   above), which is a bad effect other than the hibernation one already
   reported, here the powertop output for the same session above:

         Usage       Events/s    Category       Description
     132.1 ms/s     373.4        Process        /usr/lib/xulrunner-7.0/xulrunner-bin

Thx, bye,
Gismo / Luca

PS, I do not want to leave xulrunner/conkeror, so please do not tell me
    that no one upstream cares about that ;-)
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