while downloading update you cannot surf web very intrusive(should pause while surfing)




Application Update
10 years ago
10 months ago


(Reporter: IronManeric, Unassigned)


1.9.0 Branch
Windows XP

Firefox Tracking Flags

(Not tracked)




10 years ago
User-Agent:       Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.9) Gecko/2008052906 Firefox/3.0
Build Identifier: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.9) Gecko/2008052906 Firefox/3.0

At work and at home I had the same problem firefox finds updates, downloads it and works worse than ever before until it updates...
I need a non-intrusive update.... aka one that pauses while your surfing and updates while network activity is minimal.

Reproducible: Always

Steps to Reproduce:
1.Surf Web with Firefox 3
2.Look at Help(alt-h, says something like downloading firefox 3 update(same place where it said check for updates before)
3. TRY to surf the web, try being the word 
Actual Results:  
Internet is worse than my 56k modem....

Expected Results:  
wait for me to finish browsing or while i am reading a webpage...

be non-intrusive...
let me surf the web...
download update at a later time...
i would like a utility like firefox update(specify when and how to update when you install the software)... like immediately like its doing, non-intrusive waits for you to not be using the internet or idle for a minute or so...and)

Comment 1

10 years ago
i am switching back to IE for this it is part of windows update which is less intrusive...
Version: unspecified → 3.0 Branch

Comment 2

10 years ago
Easy workaround: disable automatic update (see Tools->Options->Advanced->Update) and then use manual updates at your convenience.

But Firefox 3.0 should not be downloading at all (no update for Firefox 3.0 has been released yet). Do you see the text "downloading ..." all the time ?
Severity: critical → normal
When doing a background update download, Firefox grabs a 300000 byte chunk every 10 minutes. On 56KB dialup, that chunk would take 48 seconds if it grabbed the full 6KB of bandwidth, but averages out to just 0.5KB/s. Obviously the link will be shared if there is other traffic. Windows Update has a natural advantage in that it can ask the Windows how busy the link is, but perhaps that API can be called into from other apps. Dunno if that can also be done on Linux and OS X.

Rather than disabling updates altogether (comment #2), it would be better to set Firefox to "Ask me what I want to do" when an update is available. Then you can take the update immediately or use the Later button. Naturally sooner is better for security updates.

Jo, the reporter might be on the beta channel and be getting the 3.0.1 pre-release.


10 years ago
Product: Firefox → Toolkit

Comment 4

9 years ago
Nick are you thinking this should be confirmed?
I believe there is actually a bug (don't have it handy) for the incremental download to handle this
It would be better for the networking code to handle throttling downloads in general vs. just app update. Please file a networking bug (I think there already is one) if this is something you'd like.
Last Resolved: 10 months ago
Resolution: --- → WONTFIX
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