Bug#785098: iceweasel: silent timeout; URL gives about:blank, which cannot be reloaded

Vincent Lefevre vincent at vinc17.net
Tue May 12 11:26:59 UTC 2015

Package: iceweasel
Version: 31.6.0esr-1
Severity: normal

(and possibly more due to data loss, but I'm not sure about a
specific case.)

I've entered in the address bar:


One problem is that the server is currently down; more precisely,
the machine doesn't answer to ping. Iceweasel doesn't handle this
problem gracefully: instead of giving a clear error message, the
loading just stops after some time. The address is still present
in the address bar, but "View Page Info" says:

  Address: about:blank

and the page is not reloadable.

Worse, as a consequence, when Iceweasel is restarted, the tab is
missing, probably because the URL was seen as about:blank.

Note: I think that this can happen with tabs that were loaded,
possibly in a previous session, but fail in the same way when
one tries to reload them. I saw something like that in the
past due to network congestion, but things have improved now
that Firefox doesn't reload all the tabs when restarted.

-- Package-specific info:

-- Extensions information
Name: -Global Styles- userstyle
Status: enabled

Name: AlloCiné userstyle
Status: enabled

Name: allocine-imdb greasemonkey-user-script
Status: enabled

Name: cac-imdb greasemonkey-user-script
Status: enabled

Name: Cinémathèque Française userstyle
Status: enabled

Name: Combine Stop/Reload buttons userstyle
Status: enabled

Name: Default theme
Location: /usr/lib/iceweasel/browser/extensions/{972ce4c6-7e08-4474-a285-3208198ce6fd}
Package: iceweasel
Status: enabled

Name: Dictionnaire français «Moderne»
Location: ${PROFILE_EXTENSIONS}/fr-moderne at dictionaries.addons.mozilla.org
Status: enabled

Name: Different cursor for links that open in new windows userstyle
Status: enabled

Name: Disable autocomplete userstyle
Status: user-disabled

Name: Disable marquee userstyle
Status: user-disabled

Name: DOM Inspector
Location: /usr/share/mozilla/extensions/{ec8030f7-c20a-464f-9b0e-13a3a9e97384}/inspector at mozilla.org
Package: xul-ext-dom-inspector
Status: enabled

Name: Flagfox
Location: ${PROFILE_EXTENSIONS}/{1018e4d6-728f-4b20-ad56-37578a4de76b}.xpi
Status: enabled

Name: Flashblock
Location: ${PROFILE_EXTENSIONS}/{3d7eb24f-2740-49df-8937-200b1cc08f8a}
Status: enabled

Name: Forecastfox
Location: ${PROFILE_EXTENSIONS}/{0538E3E3-7E9B-4d49-8831-A227C80A7AD3}
Status: app-disabled

Name: GLPI - assistance.ens-lyon.fr userstyle
Status: enabled

Name: Google Search userstyle
Status: enabled

Name: Greasemonkey
Location: ${PROFILE_EXTENSIONS}/{e4a8a97b-f2ed-450b-b12d-ee082ba24781}.xpi
Status: enabled

Name: HeadingsMap
Location: ${PROFILE_EXTENSIONS}/headings at niquelheadings.net.xpi
Status: enabled

Name: IMDb userstyle
Status: enabled

Name: itt-datetimes greasemonkey-user-script
Status: enabled

Name: Link Widgets
Location: ${PROFILE_EXTENSIONS}/linkwidget at clav.mozdev.org
Status: enabled

Name: Live HTTP headers
Location: ${PROFILE_EXTENSIONS}/{8f8fe09b-0bd3-4470-bc1b-8cad42b8203a}
Status: enabled

Name: Move tabbar to the bottom userstyle
Status: user-disabled

Name: Move tabbar to the left userstyle
Status: user-disabled

Name: Move tabbar to the right userstyle
Status: user-disabled

Name: Multiple row bookmark toolbar userstyle
Status: user-disabled

Name: Nerim userstyle
Status: enabled

Name: Open in Browser
Location: ${PROFILE_EXTENSIONS}/openinbrowser at www.spasche.net.xpi
Status: enabled

Name: PeopleForCinema userstyle
Status: enabled

Name: Pinger
Location: ${PROFILE_EXTENSIONS}/janetka at pinger.xpi
Status: enabled

Name: Readability
Location: ${PROFILE_EXTENSIONS}/{6005d9b1-d115-485a-a92a-3f6453ca3fe2}.xpi
Status: enabled

Name: SearchStatus
Location: ${PROFILE_EXTENSIONS}/{d57c9ff1-6389-48fc-b770-f78bd89b6e8a}.xpi
Status: enabled

Name: Showcase
Location: ${PROFILE_EXTENSIONS}/{89506680-e3f4-484c-a2c0-ed711d481eda}.xpi
Status: enabled

Name: Slashdot.org - Remove ads userstyle
Status: enabled

Name: SourceForge font size in comments userstyle
Status: enabled

Name: Stylish
Location: ${PROFILE_EXTENSIONS}/{46551EC9-40F0-4e47-8E18-8E5CF550CFB8}.xpi
Status: enabled

Name: Tab Mix Plus
Location: ${PROFILE_EXTENSIONS}/{dc572301-7619-498c-a57d-39143191b318}.xpi
Status: enabled

Name: Troubleshooter
Location: ${PROFILE_EXTENSIONS}/troubleshooter at mozilla.org.xpi
Status: enabled

Name: twitter-times greasemonkey-user-script
Status: enabled

Name: us-to-iso8601 greasemonkey-user-script
Status: user-disabled

Name: Web Developer
Location: ${PROFILE_EXTENSIONS}/{c45c406e-ab73-11d8-be73-000a95be3b12}.xpi
Status: enabled

Name: Wikipedia font size userstyle
Status: enabled

Name: X-Ray
Location: ${PROFILE_EXTENSIONS}/{3f1182ea-3243-4d32-8826-71fb1cc9c328}
Status: enabled

Name: youtube-html5 greasemonkey-user-script
Status: enabled

-- Plugins information
Name: DjView-4.10
Location: /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins/nsdejavu.so
Package: djview-plugin
Status: enabled

Name: Gnome Shell Integration
Location: /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins/libgnome-shell-browser-plugin.so
Package: gnome-shell
Status: enabled

Name: Shockwave Flash (
Location: /usr/lib/flashplugin-nonfree/libflashplayer.so
Status: enabled

-- Addons package information
ii  djview-plugin  4.10-3       amd64        Browser plugin for the DjVu image
ii  gnome-shell    3.14.4-1     amd64        graphical shell for the GNOME des
ii  iceweasel      31.6.0esr-1  amd64        Web browser based on Firefox
ii  xul-ext-dom-in 1:2.0.14-1   all          tool for inspecting the DOM of we

-- System Information:
Debian Release: stretch/sid
  APT prefers unstable
  APT policy: (500, 'unstable'), (500, 'testing'), (500, 'stable'), (1, 'experimental')
Architecture: amd64 (x86_64)
Foreign Architectures: i386

Kernel: Linux 4.0.0-1-amd64 (SMP w/8 CPU cores)
Locale: LANG=POSIX, LC_CTYPE=en_US.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/dash
Init: sysvinit (via /sbin/init)

Versions of packages iceweasel depends on:
ii  debianutils               4.5
ii  fontconfig                2.11.0-6.3
ii  libasound2                1.0.28-1
ii  libatk1.0-0               2.16.0-2
ii  libc6                     2.19-18
ii  libcairo2                 1.14.0-2.1
ii  libdbus-1-3               1.8.16-1
ii  libdbus-glib-1-2          0.102-1
ii  libevent-2.0-5            2.0.21-stable-2
ii  libffi6                   3.1-2+b2
ii  libfontconfig1            2.11.0-6.3
ii  libfreetype6              2.5.2-4
ii  libgcc1                   1:5.1.1-5
ii  libgdk-pixbuf2.0-0        2.31.1-2+b1
ii  libglib2.0-0              2.44.0-2
ii  libgtk2.0-0               2.24.25-3
ii  libhunspell-1.3-0         1.3.3-3
ii  libnspr4                  2:4.10.8-1
ii  libnss3                   2:3.17.2-1.1
ii  libpango-1.0-0            1.36.8-3
ii  libsqlite3-0              3.8.10-1
ii  libstartup-notification0  0.12-4
ii  libstdc++6                5.1.1-5
ii  libvpx1                   1.3.0-3
ii  libx11-6                  2:1.6.3-1
ii  libxext6                  2:1.3.3-1
ii  libxrender1               1:0.9.8-1+b1
ii  libxt6                    1:1.1.4-1+b1
ii  procps                    2:3.3.9-9
ii  zlib1g                    1:1.2.8.dfsg-2+b1

iceweasel recommends no packages.

Versions of packages iceweasel suggests:
pn  fonts-mathjax          <none>
ii  fonts-oflb-asana-math  000.907-6
ii  fonts-stix [otf-stix]  1.1.1-3
ii  libcanberra0           0.30-2.1
ii  libgnomeui-0           2.24.5-3
ii  libgssapi-krb5-2       1.12.1+dfsg-19
pn  mozplugger             <none>

-- Configuration Files:
/etc/iceweasel/iceweaselrc a7f1bcffd6febdb02e86652a60ebfd16 [Errno 2] No such file or directory: u'/etc/iceweasel/iceweaselrc a7f1bcffd6febdb02e86652a60ebfd16'

-- no debconf information

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