Strange firefox text entry issue started happening recently

Discussion in 'NZ Computing' started by Richard, Dec 30, 2009.

  1. Richard

    Richard Guest

    When typing in a forum etc, the spaces between words, and shift appear
    to be delayed in some cases.

    like typing

    blah blah blah BLAH blah

    may become

    blahbl ah blah blAHB lah

    type thing

    Anyone had this happen before?

    I suspect it's because its constantly freezing for a fraction of a
    second or similar since I cant play youtube etc smoothly in it for some
    reason

    Only addons are titlebar tweeks and xmarks at the moment, and neither of
    those should affect text entry.

    IE is fine, thunderbird is fine, MS word is fine. Just firefox is
    retarded typing.
    Richard, Dec 30, 2009
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  2. On Thu, 31 Dec 2009 00:29:51 +1300, Richard <> wrote:

    >When typing in a forum etc, the spaces between words, and shift appear
    >to be delayed in some cases.
    >
    >like typing
    >
    >blah blah blah BLAH blah
    >
    >may become
    >
    >blahbl ah blah blAHB lah
    >
    >type thing
    >
    >Anyone had this happen before?
    >
    >I suspect it's because its constantly freezing for a fraction of a
    >second or similar since I cant play youtube etc smoothly in it for some
    >reason
    >
    >Only addons are titlebar tweeks and xmarks at the moment, and neither of
    >those should affect text entry.
    >
    >IE is fine, thunderbird is fine, MS word is fine. Just firefox is
    >retarded typing.


    Do you have a plugin such as Tab Mix Plus that allows you to have
    hundreds of pages open in tabs at the same time? Or have you just
    opened that many pages in multiple windows? If so, then Firefox will
    be using *lots* of memory and will probably be making your PC swap
    quite a bit. My Firefox is currently using 480 Mibytes of RAM. If
    you are typing while it is swapping, that sort of thing can happen.
    And it also seems to have a problem where it can lock up for a little
    while - maybe running garbage collection on the memory.
    Stephen Worthington, Dec 31, 2009
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  3. Richard

    Richard Guest

    Stephen Worthington wrote:

    > Do you have a plugin such as Tab Mix Plus that allows you to have
    > hundreds of pages open in tabs at the same time? Or have you just
    > opened that many pages in multiple windows? If so, then Firefox will
    > be using *lots* of memory and will probably be making your PC swap
    > quite a bit. My Firefox is currently using 480 Mibytes of RAM. If
    > you are typing while it is swapping, that sort of thing can happen.
    > And it also seems to have a problem where it can lock up for a little
    > while - maybe running garbage collection on the memory.


    No, only about 9 at the time it was happening, and I have always had the
    same first 5 or 6 open since forever virtually. Either its a change in
    something that is happening on a google page (I have reader, mail,
    calander, and sometimes a groups open all the time) - the rest of them
    are usually just stories opened from reader or occasionally a youtube.

    Has happened with even 3 open after it crashed once and on reopening I
    clicked the wrong button about restoring my tabs.

    I dont see why it should be messing up the shift and spaces like it is,
    since AFAIK that is all done by the operating system and sent into it,
    so the order should be the same even if FF is hanging briefly.
    Richard, Dec 31, 2009
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  4. Richard

    Richard Guest

    Richard wrote:
    > I dont see why it should be messing up the shift and spaces like it is,
    > since AFAIK that is all done by the operating system and sent into it,
    > so the order should be the same even if FF is hanging briefly.


    Seems to be the phishing filter causing it to happen - turned it off and
    we are back as it should be.
    Richard, Dec 31, 2009
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  5. In message <hhic5o$nqg$>, Richard wrote:

    > Seems to be the phishing filter causing it to happen - turned it off and
    > we are back as it should be.


    Another typical Dimdows day, from the sound of it.
    Lawrence D'Oliveiro, Dec 31, 2009
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  6. Richard

    Richard Guest

    Lawrence D'Oliveiro wrote:
    > In message <hhic5o$nqg$>, Richard wrote:
    >
    >> Seems to be the phishing filter causing it to happen - turned it off and
    >> we are back as it should be.

    >
    > Another typical Dimdows day, from the sound of it.


    Only happening on the one profile, so clearly it can work on the OS,
    after looking into it some more there is a urlclassifier3.sqlite file
    that is responsible for the phishing filter lagging, it had grown to 200
    megs or so. From some posts I could have packed it somehow with some
    other tool that doesnt come with firefox to solve it as well.

    Never mind. Deleted it now since its not needed without the filter
    Richard, Jan 1, 2010
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  7. In message <hhjmie$acg$>, Richard wrote:

    > ... after looking into it some more there is a urlclassifier3.sqlite file
    > that is responsible for the phishing filter lagging, it had grown to 200
    > megs or so. From some posts I could have packed it somehow with some
    > other tool that doesnt come with firefox to solve it as well.


    Ah. But being a standard sqlite table, you could use standard sqlite tools
    to compact it down, reindex it or whatever.
    Lawrence D'Oliveiro, Jan 2, 2010
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  8. Richard

    Richard Guest

    Lawrence D'Oliveiro wrote:
    > In message <hhjmie$acg$>, Richard wrote:
    >
    >> ... after looking into it some more there is a urlclassifier3.sqlite file
    >> that is responsible for the phishing filter lagging, it had grown to 200
    >> megs or so. From some posts I could have packed it somehow with some
    >> other tool that doesnt come with firefox to solve it as well.

    >
    > Ah. But being a standard sqlite table, you could use standard sqlite tools
    > to compact it down, reindex it or whatever.


    I could, or just delete is since its able to recreate it.

    Some of the others were also getting large so I blew the profile away
    and made a new one which when synced with xmarks is about 5% the size of
    the old profile and its running a lot better.

    I guess even open source stuff suffers from the same bloat over time
    issues that happen with windows.

    Am missing my history now tho :(
    Richard, Jan 2, 2010
    #8
  9. In message <hhn3lo$5ta$>, Richard wrote:

    > Lawrence D'Oliveiro wrote:
    >
    >> Ah. But being a standard sqlite table, you could use standard sqlite
    >> tools to compact it down, reindex it or whatever.

    >
    > I could, or just delete is since its able to recreate it.


    That’s fine for something that’s just a cache ...

    > Am missing my history now tho :(


    .... which it appears this is not. :)

    I have used the sqlite command line tool to tweak one of Firefox/Iceweasel’s
    databases, the one that supplies autofill values for forms (man there are a
    lot of them—I think it was formhistory.sqlite), to remove an entry that had
    inadvertently got into there, without throwing away all the rest.
    Lawrence D'Oliveiro, Jan 3, 2010
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  10. Richard

    Enkidu Guest

    Richard wrote:
    > Lawrence D'Oliveiro wrote:
    >> In message <hhjmie$acg$>, Richard wrote:
    >>
    >>> ... after looking into it some more there is a urlclassifier3.sqlite
    >>> file
    >>> that is responsible for the phishing filter lagging, it had grown to 200
    >>> megs or so. From some posts I could have packed it somehow with some
    >>> other tool that doesnt come with firefox to solve it as well.

    >>
    >> Ah. But being a standard sqlite table, you could use standard sqlite
    >> tools to compact it down, reindex it or whatever.

    >
    > I could, or just delete is since its able to recreate it.
    >
    > Some of the others were also getting large so I blew the profile away
    > and made a new one which when synced with xmarks is about 5% the size of
    > the old profile and its running a lot better.
    >
    > I guess even open source stuff suffers from the same bloat over time
    > issues that happen with windows.
    >
    > Am missing my history now tho :(
    >

    I only keep one day's history. Anything I want to keep I bookmark into a
    temp bookmark folder.

    Cheers,

    Cliff

    --

    The Internet is interesting in that although the nicknames may change,
    the same old personalities show through.
    Enkidu, Jan 3, 2010
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