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What Freezes the System: Firefox or ext3?

May 22, 2008, 14:15 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Daniel Voicu)

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"A few days ago, the first Release Candidate for Firefox 3 was launched but some problems still remained unfixed, like the one that caused the browser (and sometimes the entire system) to freeze. Some persons blamed Firefox for the freeze, while others the ext3 filesystem and sqlite.

"The problem seems to be related to fsync (), a function that synchronizes changes to a file, transferring the data to a storage device. In a bug report, someone described the way in which the excessive usage of fsync () occurred..."

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