Hi, Once in a while I try to clean up my tabs. First thing I do is use “merge all windows” to put all tabs into one window.

This often causes a memory clog and firefox get stuck in this state for 10-20 minutes

I have recorded one such instance.

I have tried using the “discard all tabs” addon, unfortunately, it is also getting frozen by the memory clog.

Sometimes I will just reboot my PC as that is faster.

Unfortunately, killing firefox this way, does not save the new tab order, so when I start firefox again, it will have 20+ windows open, which I again, merge all pages and then it clogs again !

So far the only solution I have found is just wait the 20 minutes.

Once the “memory clog” is passed, it runs just fine.

I would like better control over tab discard. and maybe some way of limitting bloat. For instance, I would rather keep a lower number of undiscarded youtube that as they seem to be insanely bloated.

In other cases, for most website I would like to never discard the contents.

In my ideal world, I would like the tabs to get frozen and saved to disk permanently, rather than assuming discard tabs can be reloaded. As if the websites were going to exist forever and discarding a tab is like cleaning a cache.

  • Dr. Wesker
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    2327 days ago

    20k tabs means there are other problems that need to be addressed

    • @interdimensionalmeme@lemmy.mlOP
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      -1227 days ago

      Yes, my computer sucks, I need 256GB ram and 128 cpu cores apparently

      Although even then it still would be too weak to do something crazy like search for text, in all tabs

      • Mina
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        427 days ago

        @interdimensionalmeme

        My laptop is 15 years old, with only 8GB of RAM, but Firefox is handling >2K tabs over several windows just fine.
        There must be an issue outside the browser.
        @wesker

        • @interdimensionalmeme@lemmy.mlOP
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          -127 days ago

          It works fine, until I run “merge all windows” then many of them appear to be waken up. You are right, maybe one of my addon is causing them to wake up unnecessarily. But I have so many, it’s hard to tell which one it might be.

          • Mina
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            227 days ago

            @interdimensionalmeme

            That seems like a reasonable theory.

            I once had an add on (don’t remember which, something with videos, I think), which slowed everything down.

            I found it by disabling add-ons one by one.