Re: Tools - resource management

Subject: Re: Tools - resource management
From: Mike Starr <mike -at- writestarr -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 13:11:12 -0600

I've been having resource issues with both Chrome and Firefox, but it manifests itself by them seeming to be sharing memory with Thunderbird. I thought it might occur as a result of clicking links in an email message and Thunderbird allocating memory to the browser as a result.

I've been experimenting with launching either browser independently, copying the url from Thunderbird and then pasting it into the browser's address bar. I've then closed the browser when I finish with the link. However,that doesn't seem to make a difference. If I have an extended browsing session, memory consumption keeps growing and growing until other applications stall. The kicker though is that when I terminate the browser session, the memory allocated to Thunderbird starts growing and growing and the only solution has been to restart Thunderbird.

I can't figure out why closing a browser session would cause Thunderbird's memory consumption to grow until the system becomes paralyzed. There should be no relation between the browser's memory consumption and Thunderbird. It does seem like Thunderbird is essentially incapable of releasing that memory.

Best Regards,

Mike
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On 11/20/2014 9:47 AM, Kevin McLauchlan wrote:

All,

Just FYI

I have been using and recommending the SRWare Iron browser for a few years.
I'm pulling my recommendation. I had preferred Iron because it is Chrome
without the Google nosiness, therefore fast and clean.

I normally work via Remote Desktop to a VM instance of Windows 7, in which
I run MadCap Flare, a browser or two (to verify my output, compare with
older doc versions, etc.), and not a lot else.

Lately, I have been having trouble with the VM being slow or crashing. I
narrowed the cause to Iron using a lot of resources, mostly CPU. This was
with Iron kept as up-to-date as possible.

Having replaced Iron with Opera or Firefox in the past week or two, I no
longer see the problem. My workspace (the VM) has been stable and
functional.

Since Iron is Chrome with stuff removed, it's likely that Chrome might be a
resource hog for you, too. From what I read, Chrome has taken over the hog
mantle from Firefox. From less than a week of daily experience, I find
current Firefox to be nimble and to have a slim working footprint. Safari
continues to be Safari. I tend to favor a browser for everyday use, but
check my webhelp output against several common ones to catch any rendering
or other problems before publishing.

Regards,

Kevin

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