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#1 2018-01-22 19:36:00

m3n3chm0
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Registered: 2014-08-25
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XFCE (Xubuntu 17.10) problem with Firefox downloads, Desktop freezes

Hi all,

I'm having an issue with Firefox. I'm running the current Xubuntu (17.10) with XFCE.

Whenever I download anything, Firefox locks up and will not accept any keyboard or mouse inputs until the download is complete. Seems to me that it used to download in the background, and you could continue to browse while the file downloaded. Now, even for tiny files, it will sometimes lock up for around a minute.

Any clue to fix this issue ¿?

Best regards ¡¡

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#2 2018-01-23 01:34:26

ToZ
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Re: XFCE (Xubuntu 17.10) problem with Firefox downloads, Desktop freezes

Test it with a second user account on your computer. If the problem persists, it's with firefox. If not, its a profile issue.

If it's a profile issue, try starting firefox in safe mode to rule out any extensions that maybe interfering.


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#3 2018-01-24 19:16:21

m3n3chm0
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Re: XFCE (Xubuntu 17.10) problem with Firefox downloads, Desktop freezes

ToZ wrote:

Test it with a second user account on your computer. If the problem persists, it's with Firefox. If not, its a profile issue.

If it's a profile issue, try starting Firefox in safe mode to rule out any extensions that maybe interfering.


Dear ToZ,

thanks for your prompt answer mate¡¡

Look, after testing more in deep I can confirm now that the issue is not related to Firefox. It's only happening in the path /home/username/Desktop and managing files..for example, creating a folder or txt file Desktop and also the entire system freezes at least 30 seconds so moving bigger files to desktop it delays 1 minute or more :S

I did what you say, creating a new user, is solved. So maybe you can help me out to discover which app or component is in trouble with my user to having this annoying behaviour.

I can provide you logs or anything else.

Note: I'm using plank dock.

Thank you.

Last edited by m3n3chm0 (2018-01-24 19:18:29)

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#4 2018-01-24 23:35:01

ToZ
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Re: XFCE (Xubuntu 17.10) problem with Firefox downloads, Desktop freezes

What do the following commands return?

xdg-user-dir DESKTOP
ls -l $HOME
ps -ef | grep -i desktop

Also check you hard drive to make sure it's okay (see: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Smartmontools)


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#5 2018-01-27 00:08:42

m3n3chm0
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Re: XFCE (Xubuntu 17.10) problem with Firefox downloads, Desktop freezes

Dear Mr. ToZ,

here you got the output of those three commands:

https://pastebin.com/1xzgvr8s

About HDD integrity, I did not see any error in some tests but I'll check more in deep with HIRENS in live mode. I don't know why with other user always works fine.. there must be any wrong config in my Desktop or profile to make freeze files on copying.

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Thank you so much one more time ¡¡

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#6 2018-01-27 01:47:39

ToZ
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Re: XFCE (Xubuntu 17.10) problem with Firefox downloads, Desktop freezes

Everything looks fine there. Try creating a new Desktop directory to see if this solves the issue.

First create the new temporary Desktop folder:

mkdir $HOME/Desktop2

...and then point to it:

xdg-user-dirs-update --set DESKTOP $HOME/Desktop2

...and finally restart xfdesktop:

pkill xfdesktop

Now try saving a file to your desktop again.

If this doesn't solve the problem, can you also post back info about your file system mounts?

mount

*Note: to reset your system back to your original desktop:

xdg-user-dirs-update --set DESKTOP $HOME/Desktop
pkill xfdesktop

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#7 2018-01-28 18:38:14

m3n3chm0
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Re: XFCE (Xubuntu 17.10) problem with Firefox downloads, Desktop freezes

Hello ToZ,

Your solution worked like a charm.

mkdir $HOME/Desktop2

xdg-user-dirs-update --set DESKTOP $HOME/Desktop2

pkill xfdesktop

Thank you so much.

Last edited by m3n3chm0 (2018-01-28 18:59:52)

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