[nSLUG] /etc/malloc.conf & Firefox

Mike Spencer mspencer at tallships.ca
Mon Oct 6 04:08:04 ADT 2014

Trying to run a version of Firefox (firefox-17.0.11esr) from its
unpack dir.  It starts and hangs.

strace(1) reports:

    readlink("/etc/malloc.conf", 0xbfff9650, 4096) = -1 ENOENT 
        (No such file or directory)
    rt_sigprocmask(SIG_SETMASK, NULL, [RTMIN], 8) = 0

If I create an empty /etc/malloc.conf, the first line above is
replaced with:

    readlink("/etc/malloc.conf", 0xbfff9650, 4096) = -1 EINVAL 
        (Invalid argument)

I don't have an /etc/malloc.conf on any system ( and 3.10.17
kernels). A quick google suggests that this is a feature of FreeBSD or

Anybody have any clues?  I have no idea what's happening here.

- Mike

Michael Spencer                  Nova Scotia, Canada       .~. 
mspencer at tallships.ca                                     /( )\
http://home.tallships.ca/mspencer/                        ^^-^^

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