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Forced restart

Making moves

Guys. I really love Firefox. I use it for development, it is more convenient than chrome. But when I have several tabs open, when I look at the huge json responses of our api - I switch to another tab to compare - Firefox requires me to force myself to restart. It's horrible. Tens of minutes of work are lost. Please do something about this.

p.s. Also, to make this post I had to register after I clicked “send” and the content was lost.


Making moves

I agree completely. It probably looked like the attached, right? What might help is setting Firefox updates to manual by checking "Check for updates but let you choose to install them" in settings. It is so frustrating that Firefox can't have a non-disruptive auto-update process.

Making moves

AGREED. In addition, since it says "restart to continue" only after you've done something (open a tab, enter a URL into the search bar). When you restart, that thing you put in the search bar goes *poof*, you have to remember it and type it in again, which is not always trivial.



Take a look

Use the Troubleshooting Information page to help fix Firefox issues

Enterprise Policies: This shows you if your browser is being managed by Windows Group Policy or a policies.json file. If enterprise policies are managing Firefox, clicking on Active will show you a list of the policies that are currently active on

Another illustration
With the help of Enterprise Policy Generator

Prevent Firefox from updating
Generate policies
  "policies": {
    "DisableAppUpdate": true

Making moves

OK, but how about in Fedora? But I'm not against updates, I can even (mostly) tolerate updates happening at inopportune times, it's the DATA LOSS that is the flaming elephant in the room. If FF detects a change it should pop a dialog immediately, not wait for you to complete your job application and only then insist that you restart before doing anything else, and smugly present you with a blank form when it reloads.

I came back to FF when after years of Chrome the evil became too great to ignore. But now I'm like, hm, maybe browsers in general were a bad idea. I wish some non-profit would make a browser that would be good for the general public.



Making moves

Couldn't agree mode. I too am a developer and use Firefox as my primary browser - I'm the only one left in my team that does though, the others have all jumped to Chrome, partly because of this issue. As other have said, the restart does NOT restore tabs etc. - it can't as almost everything I do lies behind some kind of login page. So pretty much every forced restart means a total loss of test data and having to log back into all the sites I'm using.

Please, please, please replace this horrible user experience for automated patching that happens upon startup - at least this would allow developers to complete their work without interruption and data loss!

I use Firefox on some devices exclusively in private mode and the tabs I have open are never restored after a forced update restart. Not surprising as the browser should not remember private tabs but very, very, very irritating.

Making moves

Oh neat, it happened again! Straw that broke the camel's back. I hope you folks figure this out someday but I have very little confidence that will happen.


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Making moves

I'm aware of how bug trackers work, Agent. The issue is that the devs either don't care or are being told to defend and preserve this NIH'ed update scheme in the face of all the anger and frustration. I'm guessing nepotism, since usually Mozilla can do good work. Really it's since the Org/Foundation shenanigans that things have really gone south; money ruins everything. See "en**bleep**tification" (this is equally applicable to the recent Thunderbird UX changes). Who asked for Pocket? I suspect Pocket, and their pocketbook.

I know regular people losing their data won't budge the needle, but perhaps something legal might occur if a large corporation gets bitten by the "Restart Firefox to lose your work" feature.

Making moves

Hey Leute, das mit dem erzwungenen Neustart von FF nach dem Herunterladen des Updates im Hintergrund geht gar nicht.

Mich hat es beim Online-Banking erwischt:
Die Überweisung abgeschickt, danach sollte die Bestätigung kommen, die ich unbedingt als Beleg speichern muss.
Stattdessen: Nur noch Neustart möglich, danach ist der Beleg natürlich weg.

Was ist, wenn ich zum Beispiel online Porto bestelle, eine Fahrkarte oder so und mittendrin wird ein Neustart verlangt? Ist es sicher, dass alle Prozesse ordentlich abgeschlossen werden und keine Daten im Nirwana landen? NEIN!

Also bitte ändern!!!

Und noch eine Ergänzung zu den Einstellungen, die wohl nicht das tun, was man vermutet (schlechte Übersetzung?):



1. FF wurde ausgeführt, warum dann der Neustart??

2. Ich verwende mehrere Profile, aber die Einstellung soll für alle global gelten. Stimmt das?

Oder liegt das Problem an der Einstellung mit dem Hintergrunddienst (letzter Punkt) - dann muss aber auf das Problem des erzwungenen Neustarts hingewiesen werden!


For information purposes

Enable background updates on Firefox for Windows when Firefox is not running

The Mozilla Maintenance Service must be usable (installed and not disabled). When installing with the Firefox installer, this is the default.

What is the Mozilla Maintenance Service

On custom installations
My choice is No, I'm not installing Mozilla Maintenance Service
This gives me the option of answering Yes or No in the "User Account Control" (UAC) dialog box

You can uninstall the Mozilla Maintenance Service from your computer if you wish
At one point in the video, a black screen appears.
It's normal, it's my strategy, just long enough to answer Yes in the "User Account Control" (UAC) dialog box.

Making moves

Digging around in the Firefox files on Linux, there is a file at /usr/lib64/firefox/browser/omni.ja which has a function "sendToRestartRequiredPage" (for 121.0.1 it's at line 63486). I've modified the function to return immediately rather than hijacking the tab. Possibly one might be able to modify it to pop an alert.

Be careful though, the file is not plain Javascript but something called a "Mozilla archive", it has a lot of binary data at the beginning which will get mangled if you use a normal editor. Try hexedit or sed. I posted the actual steps to do this last night, but I suppose I violated some rule or other since it vanished (much like our data).

Thanks for the tip; I've made this simple change using vi and will see what happens next time there's an update.  Appreciate your digging.

UPDATE: I confirmed my change - returning from the sendToRestartRequiredPage function immediately - using sed.  But today, when Firefox started, it was unable to load pinned tabs or open new tabs!  I reverted the change and all was well again.  So it seems there are some unwanted side effects to this fix, 😥

Making moves

I've commented in another similar thread, but just to add my voice: PLEASE stop forcing me to restart during a session!  As others have said, it's not always possible to simply pick up what you were doing after a restart.  Data gets lost and that's unacceptable.  Feel free to annoy me with a WARNING every time I open a new tab, but don't prevent me from continuing to browse, please!!