Firefox Granparadiso + Patch and tweak

Jim Kronebusch jim at
Fri Sep 21 03:40:41 BST 2007

On Thu, 20 Sep 2007 19:13:56 -0400, Todd O'Bryan wrote
> I guess the thing we really need to do is push for some kind of standard
> way of saying how aggressive you want applications to be when they store
> pixmaps. Ideally, there should be some way to just tell applications not
> to store pixmaps at all, but to just display the pixels.
> I had a whole classroom freeze when students tried to create OO
> presentations. They could paste an image onto a slide, but as soon as
> they tried to crop it, the client died a pretty spectacular death.
> Any possibility that we could push for a --nopixmaps or --limitpixmaps
> option for most programs?
> Todd

Good news is I think a fix for Firefox is just around the corner.  Two of the major
Firefox developers have now jumped on the threads as well and seem to have a plan in
place and say that implementing user modifiable setting for max pixmap storage is
trivial and that there should already be a way to disable.  Between what they are
looking at doing along with some version of Federico's patch for setting a discard
timer, things are looking good.  To follow along see these bugs:

I have also seen some pretty decent discussion from the xorg mailing list on how this
could be dealt with globally to not allow any application to crash the Xserver.  However
this still won't keep OpenOffice running.  So I think next week I start bombarding
OpenOffice mailing lists.  

Anyhow I think things are finally looking up.


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