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Thank you for figuring out what was annoying the crap out of me for the
past few weeks. Now... solution?
On Thu, Nov 20, 2014 at 2:11 PM, Mike Starr <mike -at- writestarr -dot- com> wrote:
> 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
> Best Regards,
> Mike Starr, Writer
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> On 11/20/2014 9:47 AM, Kevin McLauchlan wrote:
>> Just FYI
>> I have been using and recommending the SRWare Iron browser for a few
>> 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
>> Since Iron is Chrome with stuff removed, it's likely that Chrome might be
>> resource hog for you, too. From what I read, Chrome has taken over the
>> 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.
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