Closed Bug 452770 Opened 12 years ago Closed 11 years ago
"Firefox is already running, but is not responding
." could be improved - give option to terminate process
User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-GB; rv:220.127.116.11) Gecko/2008070208 Firefox/3.0.1 (.NET CLR 3.5.30729) Build Identifier: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-GB; rv:18.104.22.168) Gecko/2008070208 Firefox/3.0.1 (.NET CLR 3.5.30729) If the firefox process stops responding and you try to run a new instance the dialogue box "Firefox is already running, but is not responding. To open a new window, you must first close the existing Firefox process, or restart your system." opens. The feedback on what's happening is good but it would improve usability even more if it gave the option to terminate the process and then continue to load firefox. This would be good for people who don't know their way around task manager. Looking at the existing bugs that mention the dialogue it seems to be often caused by some extensions, so maybe we could mention the the possible causes in the dialogue text so non technical users will have an idea on what's going on. Reproducible: Sometimes Steps to Reproduce: 1. Quit firefox 2. Attempt to load firefox
I think it's not a good idea to end the process. In most cases it is still writing valuable data to the profile files.
It actually seems like a pretty good idea to me. It happens quite regularly to me now (Firefox 3+) and having to open a terminal to kill all processes is a lot of extra work. killall (or pkill) firefox only kills one of 3 processes, need to kill one other to get rid of the remaining 2. Sure, I could write a script that I can simply start. But why not let Firefox fix itself not nicely closing. Especially for the people that don't know what to do. and then probably resolve it by rebooting.
I am having this problem constantly (Vista, Firefox 3.0.4). Need to use task manager to close Firefox. I noticed that Firefox was always using 50% CPU in the hung mode.
In my opinion, this feature would greatly improve the usability of Firefox, especially for newbies. Moreover, it shouldn't be too complicated to add the option to terminate the Firefox process.
Two things could improve this: - if the "hung" process is really shutting down correctly, then after a while it will die: in this case the alert box informing the user that firefox is not responding should go away automatically, and firefox should start correctly. - if the hung process is really hung, not doing anything useful (I often see hung firefox processes fully using one of the four cores on my box, but not writing anything to disk, going on for hours until I kill them), give the option to kill it, or kill automatically. if I understand correctly right now the startup sequence for a firefox process goes like this: if a firefox process already is running if it is correctly responding ask it to open a new window exit this process else show the "firefox is already running but not responding" alert exit this process end else start up normally end IMHO, this should become something like if a firefox process already is running if it is correctly responding ask it to open a new window exit this process else while it is running and it looks like it is not hung* wait end // at this point either the process has died or it has been declared "hung" if the original process is still running show the "firefox is already running but not responding" alert and prompt to kill it if user says to kill it kill it and start up normally else exit this process end else start up normally end end else start up normally end the question now could be "how do we declare the process really hung"? a naive way would be to check how long it has been hung, or if it is really reading or writing from disk.
Component: General → Startup and Profile System
Product: Firefox → Toolkit
QA Contact: general → startup
This is a dup of bug 286355 (windows) or if you like a new bug about implementing nsIProfileUnlocker on other platforms. See bug 253950 for details. The hard problem is not figuring out whether a process is hung: the hard problem is figuring out *which* process is holding the lock. I haven't found any documented Windows APIs which can give that information.
Status: NEW → RESOLVED
Closed: 11 years ago
Resolution: --- → DUPLICATE
Duplicate of bug: 286355
closest thing I found: http://forum.sysinternals.com/forum_posts.asp?TID=14546
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