423: Firefox 3.5.2

I am intrigued by recent reports that Firefox 3.5.2 works in pup 4.3beta1 with kernel but not with kernel. I think it was ttuuxxx who reported that Fedora, which also uses 2.6.29.x, has the same problem.

I decided to compile it myself in 4.3beta. This is how I configured:

# ./configure --disable-mailnews --disable-composer --enable-extensions=default --enable-mathml --enable-crypto --enable-module=psm --enable-default-toolkit=cairo-gtk2 --without-system-png --disable-profilesharing --enable-official-branding --disable-ldap --disable-svg --localstatedir=/var --prefix=/usr --host=i486-pc-linux-gnu --with-x --with-system-jpeg --with-system-zlib --with-system-bz2 --enable-application=browser --with-distribution-id=com.puppylinux --enable-postscript --disable-gnomevfs --disable-gnomeui --disable-dbus --enable-plugins --disable-accessibility --disable-jsd --enable-printing --disable-crashreporter --disable-tests --enable-system-sqlite --enable-strip --enable-chrome-format=jar --enable-system-cairo --enable-necko-protocols=all --enable-cookies --enable-permissions --enable-native-uconv --disable-inspector-apis --disable-updater --disable-parental-controls --enable-places --enable-negotiateauth --disable-calendar --disable-logging --disable-debug --enable-xinerama --with-pthreads --disable-xprint

When I ran 'make' though, it stopped with errors. I googled and found one other guy who got the same error, but he found that compiling works the first time. That is, I had experimented with different configure options, running 'make distclean' each time, however that stuffs up the source somehow. You have to start with pristine source, run the above configure once, then run 'make', and off she goes.

However, after compiling and installing, it hangs at startup (running with kernel, haven't tried any other kernel).

Posted on 19 Aug 2009, 8:40


Posted on 19 Aug 2009, 8:48 by kirk
firefiox 3x
Had the same problem, make clean doesn't seem to work.

The big problem with Firefox 3x and Puppy 4x, is when you go to a web page with lots of flash, it crashes. I had put Firefox in Fatdog 111, but then techtype pointed me to this page:


If you use that page a bit Firefox will crash. By the way, Fatdog uses Flash 10. For Fatdog 112 I went back to Seamonkey.

If you search the forum you'll find that people have been fixing that problem by using a newer version of glibc. That doesn't seem like a good idea to me, one of the reasons I decided to rebuild with T2.

Posted on 19 Aug 2009, 8:57 by kirk
firefiox 3x
Oh, that was Firefox 3.06 with the flash problem, don't know if it's been fixed in 3.5. I've been using Firefox 3.5 in Fatdog2 for a couple months with no crashes. Of course that's with a newer glibc too.

Posted on 19 Aug 2009, 9:11 by kirk
firefiox 3x
Also, when I said I had the same problem, I meant the make clean problem, not the hanging at start-up problem. I need to learn to proof read. :)

Posted on 19 Aug 2009, 9:25 by Jota
Firefox ok...
Just to report that Firefox 3.6 alpha (codename Namoroka), downloaded from the Mozilla site, works with the 3.6.30 kernel without problems.

And, as a side note, is fast, very fast, maybe the fastest Firefox ever.

Posted on 19 Aug 2009, 10:33 by technosaurus
I have the same issues with make clean and make distclean (on other programs as well since they both just do what the clean: and distclean: section of the makefile tell it to do... it probably leaves/removes something it shouldn't). Now I either use a build directory that I can just delete with a mozconfig file (as mozilla recommends) or delete the whole folder and untar it again. Its actually pretty nice to have a file that you can use on subsequent builds with only (usually) minor mods, but nonetheless that doesn't keep me from hating their non-standard build system.

Posted on 19 Aug 2009, 11:05 by BarryK
firefox crash
I tried some other config options, still hangs. In fact it renders the whole system unusable and I have to press the power-off button for 4 seconds to force a power-down.

Posted on 19 Aug 2009, 11:23 by Carlton Hobbs
Firefox 3.5.x with kernel 2.6.29.x works fine on Sabayon 4.2.

Posted on 19 Aug 2009, 12:47 by trio
off topic - updated apps info

Updated apps:
JWM Theme maker - now v 1.3
You2pup - now v 1.3-1
Pstreamvid/TV - new patch

CPU scaling ondemand, screenshot utility stay the same.


Posted on 19 Aug 2009, 16:43 by mories
The problem is in UnionFS
At startup Firefox causes a Ooops in kernel by
[i]null pointer dereference unionfs_setattr /i].

Similar is reported (and perhaps fixed) in

Posted on 19 Aug 2009, 17:05 by 01micko
seems fixed in firefox-3.6alpha on ppa-423. Some rendering probs but it is an alpha and it does work

Posted on 19 Aug 2009, 18:19 by BarryK
unionfs bug
Thanks for looking into that. I will be recompiling the kernel this weekend, so I'll apply that patch to the unionfs 2.5.2 source.