Memory usage of Firefox add-on's?

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  1. bellgamin

    bellgamin Very Frequent Poster

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    QUESTION: Is there a way to discern how much memory is being used by a specific Firefox add-on?

    I looked at Process Explorer but couldn't find the mem usage of each specific add-on. I'm not saying the data aren't there -- just saying that I couldn't find any such data.

    Reason for asking: I have heard that HTTPS Everywhere has a heavy footprint so I wanted to see for myself HOW heavy it really is.
     
  2. Buddel

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    This may help:
    Code:
    about:performance
     
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    @ronjor -- Thanks for the link. It is out of date for current FF browser. The about:memory page does list each add-on, but the data shown is the total memory used by all add-ons. The memory usage by each add-on is not given anywhere on that page that I could find. Also, the FF extension mentioned in the link you gave (about-addons-memory) is no longer extant.

    @Buddel -- Yessss! The about : performance does the job. Much much thanks! (SEE NOTE below)
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    It looks to me like HTTPS Everywhere is, indeed, a fairly heavy add-on. It uses nearly 30MB memory on my box -- waay more than all my other add-ons combined.
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    NOTE: There seems to be NO way to turn off smilies for a given post. That's why I had to write
    about : performance (spaces inserted) because putting a colon directly next to p gives this :p. That explains why Buddel showed it with HTML using code followed by /code.

    @ronjor -- Is there any way to turn off smilies for a given post?
     
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  4. ronjor

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    Yes. It was out of date. The post just above yours works.
     
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    1st variant: Using of [CODE]-tags
    [CODE]about:performance[/CODE]
    Result:
    Code:
    about:performance
    2nd variant: Using of [PLAIN]-tags
    [PLAIN]about:performance[/PLAIN]
    Result: about:performance
     
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    @ronjor & @mood -- I am edified to the max. Muchas gracias to the moon & back. :-*
     
  8. Surt

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    What exactly is your box? Just curious. Even on the Core 2 Duo system I built about 10 years back with 2GB RAM, 30MB was "peanuts."

    BTW, the AdGuard extension: 81 MB. :gack:

    In case you haven't seen this, about:about - check it out. Too much fun for any geek to have.

    My favorite BB Code tag is the one that does this: I didn't mean that!
     
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    As to my own box, I am a guy.

    As to my computer's box, she's a Dell laptop with 4GB of RAM so -- Yes -- 30MB is no big deal. However, I am not fully convinced that *HTTPS Everywhere* (Call it "HE") is pulling its weight in terms of essentiality. If HE was less than 1 MB (like each of my other add-ons) I would say, "Why bother checking? Just copy the smart guys & run it." But since HE is bigger than the aggregate of all his friends put together, I ask myself, "Why the heck am I letting that fat-*** blimp make his lunch by digging around in my computer's food locker?"

    NOTE: I programmed (Forth, Pascal, compiled-basic) back in the days when state-of-the-art ram was 64K & my modem gave me a blazing fast 56K. I'm still adjusting. Slooooowly. :isay:

    So -- I'm still looking for a non-tech explanation of why HE is worth its salt.
     
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  10. Surt

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    OK. The popular use of "heavy" in this tech context is used to indicate a decline in performance. By your reference to that human characteristic and your food locker (stocked with cheese and cracker snack packs), you mean bloated code.

    For all I knew, you could have had one of those 12" Atom laptops with a GB of RAM, 32GB of eMMC storage and Windows 7 Starter. Not that they don't have a niche.

    But in case you haven't checked the EFF site, this could be the non-tech explanation you seek:

    https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2018/12/how-https-everywhere-keeps-protecting-users-increasingly-encrypted-web
    https://atlas.eff.org/index.html

    Seriously, your 1K "smart guys" code won't cut it.

    HTTPS Everywhere is Snowden recommended - The Intercept, November 12, 2015.

    I got ya blast from the past beat: 16K and 110 baud acoustic modem and loved every minute hour of it! :D No coding, tho. I'm more of a soldering iron and circuit board guy.

    I'm outta here. Cheers.
     
  11. guest

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    HE is almost useless now, only poorly designed/maintained sites aren't https, so then i won't even waste a minute on them.
     
  12. reasonablePrivacy

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    But:
    1. if you just typed domain without https or made mistake and typed http
    2. somebody wants to do MitM-style SSLStrip attack and is along the route
    they may proxy connection to that site via unauthenticated, unencrypted connection even if site is only available through TLS connection
     
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    My point is that for people who don't know about it or don't have discipline to make sure they there is https before domain it may be useful extension.
     
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