Swiftfox (a Firefox variant) is taking ages to load in my Debian Lenny system.

I have been using Swiftfox on several other Linux distributions without any problem; it works flawlessly on Arch, Fedora, Gentoo (my other OSes). But it's giving me trouble in Debian Lenny. I haven't yet found any clue as to why.

Please help me shed some light on the problem. I periodically prune the Swiftfox/Firefox internal database, and I keep it up-to-date with the latest versions available.

I am confused with this problem in Debian Lenny. What should I try to troubleshoot this further?


asked 13 May '10, 06:21

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edited 13 May '10, 06:29

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(20 Apr '11, 14:14) rfelsburg ♦

I've installed Swiftfox on Ubuntu 9.10 and it seems to work fine. There are several options to install Swiftfox, which one did you choose? Cleaning SQLite database isn't going to solve problem with long load time (unlikely). Try monitor loads when you are starting Swiftfox. CPU, IO, memory usage, etc. with tools of your preference to know what is going on. Did you installed any extensions, plugins? Try -safe-mode and see what happens. Try open app from command line. Maybe the clue to a problem will be in error massages.


answered 13 May '10, 08:07

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Thanks for those ideas...those tried and tested and not solving my woes.And I am not a great Ubuntu fan either. of course it makes firefox runs much faster you prune the internal databases regularly..will improve start time as well as performance.Those empirical view I am giving you.Yes I do have some fatty extensions with my browser..and load load of them for my activity within the browser.

Once again thanks a bunch for the time and look and provide insightful ideas.

Cheers mate!

(15 May '10, 06:31) unixbhaskar

I agree with you that cleaning SQLite db improves performance. What I meant was that even without doing it you should have decent user experience with Firefox/Swiftfox. Cheers.

(15 May '10, 07:53) maszynista

Can you load a standard copy of Firefox, or IceWeasel (the Debian version of Firefox), as maszynista says, try starting it from the Command Line that way you may be able to view any error messages. Try making sure that no instances of Firefox or Swiftfox are already running (open System Monitor and kill the processes if they are there) as sometimes a previous copy doesn't shut down cleanly and prevents a new copy from loading.


answered 13 May '10, 08:28

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First of all thanks a bunch for for the insight. I have had tried with command line many times not so significant thing come into my observation.As we all know FF is memory hungry app.It sometime really bring down to it's knees .

Cheers mate!

(15 May '10, 06:40) unixbhaskar

Why don't we start with the basics.

Can you run strace while executing the program from the command line?

strace /path/to/binary

See where it seems to hang in the output.

We can go from there with the info, but it should provide a good indication of where your hitting your bottleneck.

If it is a library call that is being waited on you can use ltrace to do the same thing, and look for bottlenecks.

ltrace /path/to/binary

These to commands are going to generate a ton of output, just as a warning.


answered 14 Jul '10, 19:25

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Why not just use Iceweasel or Mozilla's Firefox? I use prelink/preload and apps start instantly, including Firefox, OOo, GIMP. It helps if you uncheck the Search for Updates, Under Advanced>Update. Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv: Gecko/20100625 Firefox/3.6.6


answered 12 Jul '10, 21:12

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He/she wants to use Swiftfox. It's not our decision, there's a different problem.

(15 Jul '10, 13:43) guerda
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