Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 202299
Firefox closes after 13 seconds with flash plugin
Last modified: 2007-11-30 17:11:40 EST
Description of problem:
Once the flash-plugin is installed, firefox becomes highly unstable, and will
crash at most 13 seconds after it is opened. By 'crash' i mean unload
completely. I'm sorry if this is not detailed enough, i have just switched from
micro$oft to linux, so i do not not what else to look for.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
I'm using Fedora Core 6 Test Release 2. I do have all the latest updates as of,
well, every day.
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Install 'flash-plugin' from this repo:
2. Happy crashing.
Firefox unloads from memory completely after being loaded for a few seconds.
Sometimes, as soon as you tell it whether or not you want to resume your crashed
session, it closes.
I don't think this applies here...
Yeah, like i said, i'm new, so i don't know where the 'event veiwer' is for
The program 'Gecko' received an X Window System error.
This probably reflects a bug in the program.
The error was 'BadMatch (invalid parameter attributes)'.
(Details: serial 150 error_code 8 request_code 146 minor_code 3)
(Note to programmers: normally, X errors are reported asynchronously;
that is, you will receive the error a while after causing it.
To debug your program, run it with the --sync command line
option to change this behavior. You can then get a meaningful
backtrace from your debugger if you break on the gdk_x_error() function.)
Does this make it not crash? If so then this is a duplicate of Bug #155582
RHEL5-Server-20060810.0 has the same problem too.
Note that due to Bug #155582, Bug #184028, and sometimes Bug #189622, the
current version of flash is pretty much unusable on Linux. Adobe is supposed to
be releasing a beta of Flash 9 for Linux soon that should correct these issues.
For reference, I have installed FC6 Test 2 and ran yum update as of August 20.
When visiting a site requiring Macromedia Flash I installed the required Flash
plugin. The site re-displayed with the Flash page.
However at a later time when opening Gmail, the browser closed immediately after
displaying all the messages.
I deleted the Flash plugin and then tried the Flash RPM from
However the result was exactly the same with Firefox closing as soon as Gmail
reached the point of displaying emails.
Under FC5, I didn't have these problems when opening Gmail or other Flash sites,
although I was certainly seeing some occasional system lock-ups that seem
related to times when I used either Firefox or Thunderbird (that both use the
Gecko rendering engine). Unfortunately I have overwritten the FC5 build, so I
cannot test without the flash plugin to see if that was related to the
Thought it might be a useful input. Let me know if it is worth while running any
other tests for my FC6 install.
PAY ATTENTION to my above comment.
All existing versions of Flash for Linux are currently broken on FC5+. You must
disable X composite or use the XLIB_SKIP_ARGB_VISUALS=1 workaround when you
first run firefox. You must also "ln -s /etc/X11/fs/config
/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fs/config" in order for it to find fonts.
I hear you :)
I note that a recent FC6T2 update has added the XLIB_SKIP_ARGB_VISUALS statement
by default to the /usr/bin/firefox file.
btw ... for future readers, prior to creating the link for the fonts, the
directory structure has to be created as follows:
mkdir -p /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fs/
*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 155582 ***