PSA: e10s will soon remain active in safe mode

Eric Shepherd (Sheppy) eshepherd at mozilla.com
Wed Jun 10 19:25:22 UTC 2015


Definitely makes sense. I'm going to make sure docs team knows, so we can
document that fact in appropriate places.

On Wednesday, June 10, 2015, Gavin Sharp <gavin at gavinsharp.com> wrote:

> Makes sense to me!
>
> Gavin
>
> On Wed, Jun 10, 2015 at 11:30 AM, Mike Conley <mconley at mozilla.com
> <javascript:;>> wrote:
> > Hello all,
> >
> > When somebody reports a problem with e10s[1] that we've not seen before,
> > we often ask the user to disable their add-ons to see if the problem
> > goes away. This is because there are still quite a number of
> > e10s-incompatible add-ons out there, and they might be reacting in very
> > strange ways.
> >
> > Unfortunately, the easiest way to disable the add-ons (safe mode, via
> > Help > Restart with Add-ons Disabled) also happens to disable e10s.
> >
> > This adds confusion, and the potential for us to miss important e10s
> > bugs that are not necessarily caused by add-ons. I believe there's been
> > at least one occasion where safe mode caused us to erroneously assume
> > that a problem was occurring due to an add-on. Leaving safe-mode and
> > bisecting those add-ons resulted in us having all add-ons manually
> > disabled in non-safe-mode, and the bug persisting. That was a lot of
> > wasted time.
> >
> > Anyhow, we're going to keep e10s enabled in safe mode. The bug for this
> > is https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1172491, but please
> > raise any concerns with this solution here in this thread.
> >
> > Thanks!
> >
> > -Mike
> >
> > [1]: e10s, short for Electrolysis: https://wiki.mozilla.org/Electrolysis
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