Trickle fails to load firefox.

Asked by Brian Neltner on 2010-01-10

I'm not quite sure how to diagnose where this error is happening.

I want to use trickle in order to try and limit the download speed that firefox uses so that I can download files without maxing out the bandwidth of our shared connection.

I do this by using:

trickle -d 300 firefox

and also tried using the direct link to the binary:

trickle -d 300 /usr/lib/firefox-3.5.7/firefox-3.5

In the second case, ldd showed that it should have the necessary libraries...

I am using Ubuntu 9.10, updated fully, on a 64-bit core i7 computer.

When I try trickle -d 300 gnome-terminal, the terminal opens immediately and trickle returns, so it's something about firefox that is preventing it from working.

Running trickle in verbose (-vvvvv) mode just returns with no information for the second direct binary call, while it returns with "firefox: [trickle] Initialized" when I try running the first indirect call through /usr/bin/firefox.

I'm very confused.

Is there another way to get bandwidth limiting in firefox? This is such a glaringly annoying missing feature...

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2010-01-10
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2010-09-05
Brian Neltner (neltnerb) said : #2

Datafox doesn't look like it addresses bandwidth limiting for people not using BSNL’s DataOne and MTNL’s TriBand broadband services. Is this a more generic plugin than it appears?

pererik87 (pererik87) said : #4

$ trickle -u 8 -d 8 firefox -does not compute

fermulator (fermulator) said : #5

I still have no solution to this problem, but, it would appear that it is firefox related. So, I submitted this on the mozilla support page: https://support.mozilla.com/en-US/questions/750813

fermulator (fermulator) said : #6

I still have no solution to this problem, but, it would appear that it is firefox related. So, I submitted this on the mozilla support page: https://support.mozilla.com/en-US/questions/750813

Steve Posonic (stevac) said : #7

Same problem here. The manpage of trickle tells:

>BUGS
> Does not support executables utilizing kqueue(2). Does not support stat‐
> ically linked executables.

Could it be that Firefox has been linked statically? Just a guess.

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