February 19, 2005 10:37 PM PST
I like Firefox a lot and have stopped using IE. BUT - FireFox has a huge memory leak
. I see the same problem as this guy. After a few days, with a couple tabs open, the memory usage grows to > 250MB. I actually had a "low on virtual memory" warning in XP recently. Even closing all tabs and having a blank start page doesn't solve the problem. I've also tried the "browser.cache.memory.capacity" trick and it doesn't help. Interesting points on this issue:
- A Google search of this issue turns up primarily blog entries with a fix that doesn't work, and subsequent comments of people arguing about whether the problem is real or not, eventually degenerating into an open source/Microsoft debate.
- I see no official acknowledgement from Mozilla about the leak.
- If this was a Microsoft product, it would be front page news on Slashdot.
- I did find an interesting thread on Slashdot. I was thinking: since Firefox is open source, how hard would it be to run Firefox under Valgrind? Yup - it leaks memory. As the poster says - this really isn't acceptable for a 1.0 and a codebase as old as Mozilla is.
- I've actually seen responses like "how hard is it to just shut down your browser and start it up again?" Well... besides there being no excuse for a leak this large, often I have 10 tabs up of stories I'm planning to read, but that don't merit a bookmark. I use tabs primarily as my "todo" list. So closing the browser is a real pain becuase I either have to read all the tabs, or bookmark each one and then delete the bookmark later. Plus, leaving Firefox up over the weekend and coming back to page file warnings isn't that great.
It is pretty ridiculous that I actually put up with this leak rather than switching back to IE. It just goes to show how much more I like Firefox.