[Bug 1002573] [NEW] FF defunct processes

Malachi de AElfweald 1002573 at bugs.launchpad.net
Mon May 21 23:18:35 UTC 2012

Public bug reported:

As of this morning, I have had to reboot a few times because the system
was unable to acquire memory to even fork a process.

This last time, after booting, I decided to try to figure out what it is.
It appears that as long as Firefox is running (even if not doing anything) it keeps spawning defunct processes until the system has to be rebooted (if it happens when the screensaver is on - preventing FF from being killed).

ps -ef | grep defunct | grep -v grep | wc -l
shows an ever increasing number
It was over 3000 before I last killed it off.

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 11.10
Package: firefox 12.0+build1-0ubuntu0.11.10.1
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 3.0.0-19.33-generic 3.0.27
Uname: Linux 3.0.0-19-generic x86_64
NonfreeKernelModules: fglrx zfs zcommon znvpair zavl zunicode
AddonCompatCheckDisabled: False
AlsaVersion: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture Driver Version 1.0.24.
ApportVersion: 1.23-0ubuntu4
Architecture: amd64
BuildID: 20120423122843
CRDA: Error: [Errno 2] No such file or directory
 Card hw:0 'Device_1'/'C-Media Electronics Inc. USB Audio Device at usb-0000:00:1d.0-1.1.5, full speed'
   Mixer name	: 'USB Mixer'
   Components	: 'USB0d8c:0105'
   Controls      : 9
   Simple ctrls  : 6
 Card hw:1 'Device'/'C-Media Electronics Inc. USB Multimedia Audio Device at usb-0000:00:1d.0-1.1.3,'
   Mixer name	: 'USB Mixer'
   Components	: 'USB0d8c:0105'
   Controls      : 9
   Simple ctrls  : 6
 Card hw:2 'Intel'/'HDA Intel at 0xd3e00000 irq 50'
   Mixer name	: 'Realtek ALC269'
   Components	: 'HDA:10ec0269,10431373,00100004'
   Controls      : 11
   Simple ctrls  : 7
 Card hw:3 'Generic'/'HD-Audio Generic at 0xd0040000 irq 51'
   Mixer name	: 'ATI R6xx HDMI'
   Components	: 'HDA:1002aa01,00aa0100,00100200'
   Controls      : 4
   Simple ctrls  : 1
 Simple mixer control 'IEC958',0
   Capabilities: pswitch pswitch-joined penum
   Playback channels: Mono
   Mono: Playback [on]
Channel: release
Date: Mon May 21 16:12:44 2012
EcryptfsInUse: Yes
ForcedLayersAccel: False
 auto lo
 iface lo inet loopback
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 10.10 "Maverick Meerkat" - Release amd64 (20101007)
 default via dev eth1  proto static dev eth1  scope link  metric 1000 dev eth1  proto kernel  scope link  src  metric 1 dev wlan0  proto kernel  scope link  src  metric 2
Plugins: pluginreg.dat exists but isn't parseable = invalid literal for int() with base 10: 'CrossOver - :$'
 PATH=(custom, user)
Profiles: Profile0 (Default) - LastVersion=12.0/20120423122843 (Running)
RunningIncompatibleAddons: False
SourcePackage: firefox
UpgradeStatus: Upgraded to oneiric on 2011-10-13 (221 days ago)
dmi.bios.date: 07/27/2010
dmi.bios.vendor: American Megatrends Inc.
dmi.bios.version: G73Jh.211
dmi.board.asset.tag: ATN12345678901234567
dmi.board.name: G73Jh
dmi.board.vendor: ASUSTeK Computer Inc.
dmi.board.version: 1.0
dmi.chassis.asset.tag: No Asset Tag
dmi.chassis.type: 10
dmi.chassis.vendor: ASUSTeK Computer Inc.
dmi.chassis.version: 1.0
dmi.modalias: dmi:bvnAmericanMegatrendsInc.:bvrG73Jh.211:bd07/27/2010:svnASUSTeKComputerInc.:pnG73Jh:pvr1.0:rvnASUSTeKComputerInc.:rnG73Jh:rvr1.0:cvnASUSTeKComputerInc.:ct10:cvr1.0:
dmi.product.name: G73Jh
dmi.product.version: 1.0
dmi.sys.vendor: ASUSTeK Computer Inc.

** Affects: firefox (Ubuntu)
     Importance: Undecided
         Status: New

** Tags: amd64 apport-bug oneiric release-channel

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