Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 143030
infinite forks of plugin applications
Last modified: 2007-11-30 17:10:56 EST
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User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv:1.7.5)
Description of problem:
Plugins cannot be started correctly. I can't see .pdf or .ps files
following links on web page. Plugin applications (xpdf for .pdf, gv
for .ps) are forking infinitely until there's no system resources to
make another process. It makes web surfing much much harder.
Strangely, other plugins (Macromedia Flash, Sun Java 1.5) are working
properly, only plugins managed by mozplugger cannot be used.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
mozilla-1.7.3-17 firefox-1.0-2.fc3 mozplugger-1.6.2-1
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Find any page with link to .pdf or .ps files
2. Click on that link
Actual Results: xpdf or gv will start in multiple instances until
there's no free system resources
Expected Results: One instance of plugin application should embed
into browser window
It's very hard to stop this action by not killing X server. If someone
has got opened other windows with unsaved works, loss of data may occur.
I've found that it's enough to kill mozplugger-helper to stop infinite
forking. The most annoying reaction is during opening files handled by
OpenOffice applications. That makes mozilla really hard to browse the
After recent upgrade of firefox (firefox-1.0.1-1.3.1) the bug still exists and
makes web surfing harder.
I've just installed mozplugger-1.7.1-2.i386.rpm from rawhide and it's working
properly both with firefox and mozilla browser. Upgrade should be proposed.