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#1 2009-08-19 10:11:24

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speed-up firefox using tmpfs

I came across a pretty cool firefox tip that shows you to use tmpfs for your firefox profile.  I wrote up a wiki article based on the tip (crediting the original source on the wiki).  Please have a look and comment if you think it's value-added:

http://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Spe … sing_tmpfs

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#2 2009-08-19 16:03:34

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Re: speed-up firefox using tmpfs

Easier:  go to about:config, create a new string variable called browser.cache.disk.parent_directory, set it to /dev/shm/ff-cache, restart Firefox.
Easiest:  go to about:config, filter for disk.enable, set it to false, and let memory caching do its thing.

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#3 2009-08-19 16:32:14

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Re: speed-up firefox using tmpfs

I maked another way very simple (very similary with Wintervenom):

in /etc/fstab i mounted /tmp in ram

none /tmp tmpfs mode=1777,nosuid,noatime 0 0

and in about:config I insert
browser.cache.disk.parent_directory /tmp/firefox-ugaciaka

PS /tmp is very small but more speed!


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#4 2009-08-19 17:07:37

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Re: speed-up firefox using tmpfs

Thanks for the replies, all.  I think the two methods you guys suggest will just relocate the cache dir to a memory partition, not the entire profile.  Also, I have read on several blogs that Firefox has speed issues w/ no disk cache (I haven't confirmed it though).  In any case, thanks for the suggestions, particularly moving the cache to /dev/shm/x via browser.cache.disk.parent_directory smile

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#5 2009-08-19 17:21:16

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Re: speed-up firefox using tmpfs

@Wintervenom - added your method to the wiki page.


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#6 2009-10-19 19:45:46

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Re: speed-up firefox using tmpfs

This is awesome!

But I wonder what happens when the 128MB tmpfs is full. Does someone know?

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#7 2009-10-19 20:58:05

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Re: speed-up firefox using tmpfs

Then swap is utilized until its gone..slower then!


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