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if the task killer is to stay, can we have browser run multiple instances?

asked 2015-05-29 13:36:39 +0300

updated 2015-05-30 13:58:48 +0300

chemist gravatar image

With or without android support, the native browser is so unreliable that it is nearly useless. If multiple "tabs" (let's admit it, those aren't even tabs) are running, it is not uncommon to see the whole browser being killed if I open some page running heavy javascript scripts. Can we at least make the browser to run in multiple instances like it is on N9, so that if the process killer kicks in, it has a higher chances to kill some of the running tabs, but not ALL of them?

Yes, I do realize there are other browsers offering the same behavior, but can we have the native browser that does this also?

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It would also be nice if the user was asked which apps he/she wishes to close. Or at least display a message why apps were suddenly killed.

shfit ( 2015-05-29 13:53:31 +0300 )edit

Never happens to me.

Maybe I just have never encountered so heavy pages?

juiceme ( 2015-05-29 16:19:59 +0300 )edit

@juiceme (shrug)

@shfit yea, at least that...

Jeffrey04 ( 2015-05-29 16:56:21 +0300 )edit

@juiceme pages do not need to be heavy, browser is eating RAM is the first problem, I have 5 tabs -> open browser -> first tab loaded is a folder-listing -> second tab I load is together -> system starts cranking with swap whole UI gets slowish, not much else open that is not already preloaded some way so the overall RAM consumption of the system is too high. @Jeffrey04 sorry but oom-killer is something needed or do you want you system to lock-up and freeze every now and then, multiple instances won't solve any problems here as that would just close more windows at once... and properly separated instances would mean even more RAM is used and you run into oom issues even faster. If you have android support installed, you might want to turn that off while encountering such issues, that might give you some 100MB additional overhead.

chemist ( 2015-05-30 14:06:00 +0300 )edit

I usually have less than 10 tabs open, and yes the browser gets slowish now and then but I never remember it crashing on me.

juiceme ( 2015-05-30 19:31:02 +0300 )edit

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answered 2015-05-29 14:04:15 +0300

ossi1967 gravatar image

While I don't experience the problems you describe, there is a point in the development roadmap that could be of interest for you:

Prototype splitting current Browser implementation into two separate windows (implemented in March, not yet released)

I don't know, of course, if these 2 windows are really two instances, but at least there's a chance... and if they are, the roadmap tells us it's a finished feature only waiting to be released in an upcoming update.

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A prototype. Doesn't mean it's ready to be released. :)

ssahla ( 2015-05-29 22:14:36 +0300 )edit
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