Description of problem:
Not sure whether this bug can be realy fixed...
Firefox is consuming too much memory when processing XML files.
Opening 2.5MB large XML file takes almost 300MB of memory.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
always for me
Steps to Reproduce:
1. run "top"
2. in firefox open "large" xml file, such as
any other XML file, e.g. any "repodata" XML file from Fedora repository.
(Be aware that those files have almost 30MB and may make your system unsusable. Rather truncate the file first).
3. in "top" observe the amount of used memory
Firefox is consuming too much memory. 10MB XML file may make 2GB RAM system "unusable".
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While it does use up memory, I cannot reproduce the hang on either a baremetal T61 with 2GB RAM, or on a VM with 768 MB RAM.
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(In reply to comment #2)
> While it does use up memory, I cannot reproduce the hang on either a baremetal
> T61 with 2GB RAM, or on a VM with 768 MB RAM.
Me neither. Reporter, are you able to reproduce this even in the Safe Mode (run firefox with -safe-mode parameter)?
Yes, I can reproduce it in safe-mode and also even after the update to firefox-3.6.6-2.el6. When opening the linked 2.5MB XML file firefox is consuming 316MB of RAM.
(In reply to comment #5)
> Yes, I can reproduce it in safe-mode and also even after the update to
> firefox-3.6.6-2.el6. When opening the linked 2.5MB XML file firefox is
> consuming 316MB of RAM.
yes, 300MB I can reproduce, but not system crashing. What's the RAM of your computer?
> yes, 300MB I can reproduce, but not system crashing. What's the RAM of your
Not really system crash (did I say that?). I was trying to say that opening of 30 MB XML file (such as any repodata XML from Fedora repo) in firefox may consume all your available memory. That 2.5 MB XML file is only an example (consumes 300MB). When I tried to open larger XML my system with 2 GB of memory became unsuable - took me almost 10 minutes just to switch to console, login and type "killall firefox".