Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 19th Jun 2009 09:56 UTC, submitted by adkilla
Mozilla & Gecko clones Firefox 3.5RC1 has been released. "Firefox 3.5 (Release Candidate) is based on the Gecko 1.9.1 rendering platform, which has been under development for the past year. Firefox 3.5 offers many changes over the previous version, supporting new web technologies, improving performance and ease of use, and adding new features for users."
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Still prevents sleep
by theosib on Fri 19th Jun 2009 13:43 UTC
theosib
Member since:
2006-03-02

And yet, despite all of these enhancements, Firefox still prevents my Mac from going to sleep. This is a long-standing problem that they've basically just ignored, while focusing on things like private browsing instead.

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RE: Still prevents sleep
by bousozoku on Fri 19th Jun 2009 20:06 in reply to "Still prevents sleep"
bousozoku Member since:
2006-01-23

And yet, despite all of these enhancements, Firefox still prevents my Mac from going to sleep. This is a long-standing problem that they've basically just ignored, while focusing on things like private browsing instead.


I'd think that you're using an Intel-based Mac then. The PowerPC-based version goes to and keeps the sleep just fine.

Today's nightly build was delayed but consisted of not too much. The updater wasn't on the display all that long.

As I'm typing this since writing "Today", I'm watching the cursor move in slow motion. Hopefully, it's just the advertising.

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RE: Still prevents sleep
by kaiwai on Sat 20th Jun 2009 06:12 in reply to "Still prevents sleep"
kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

And yet, despite all of these enhancements, Firefox still prevents my Mac from going to sleep. This is a long-standing problem that they've basically just ignored, while focusing on things like private browsing instead.


What version of Firefox are you using? I've never seen that occur on my iMac and MacBook. I'm not claiming that it doesn't happen but it seems that your system has major issues if something like this doesn't occur for the vast majority of end users.

Then again, I manually put my computer to sleep rather than letting the computer make that decision.

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RE[2]: Still prevents sleep
by theosib on Sat 20th Jun 2009 23:39 in reply to "RE: Still prevents sleep"
theosib Member since:
2006-03-02

I'm using the latest nightly builds of Firefox (Shiretoko). This is actually a known problem with discussions on forums and an entry in bugzilla. It doesn't strike everyone, and there's a work-around that works for some people. My MacBook Pro never sleeps if I leave it open with Firefox running, regardless of the work-around, while my iMac will sleep since I implemented the work-around.

I think I have some ideas as to why they won't fix it. They want to update the Awesome Bar in the background, 60 seconds after inactivity. Somehow, the sqlite database they use does disk activity in the background periodically, even when the update is done and nothing else is going on. The Firefox developers are just too lazy to either use something other than sqlite or fix sqlite or manage it properly. Of all of the problems I've encountered, this one has met with the most amount of ignoring from Firefox devs.

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