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Nov 06

“Firebug can make Gmail slow”

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Man I love Firebug. How can you do web development without it? Unfortunately it does seem to slow down my general browsing experience now and then. Even when I have it disabled I see Firefox sucking down more memory, and taking longer to open new tabs and the like.

When I went to my Gmail account today I saw:

Gmail Firebug

Which links too Firebug can make Gmail slow:

If you’re using a Mac

Please note that if you’re using a Mac, you’ll continue to experience performance problems unless you disable Firebug for Gmail. To disable Firebug for www.google.com, please follow the steps below:

  1. Click the green or red icon in the bottom right corner of the browser window to open Firebug.
  2. Click the bug icon in the top left corner of Firebug and select ‘Disable Firebug for mail.google.com.’

If disabling Firebug for Gmail doesn’t improve performance results, you may have to entirely disable Firebug.

On Windows and Linux it suggests to turn off XHR logging (Firebug puts in a proxy XHR object to do all of the work). I wish that I could load up an instance of FF with it on, and one with it off…. I need to look into profiles again.

5 Responses to ““Firebug can make Gmail slow””

  1. morwed Says:

    you could have multiple profiles :one for browsing, other for web development.
    there’s no mega improvement on performance as the author of the article claims, but it’s a little tiddier :)
    http://www.openjs.com/articles/firefox/faster_firefox_profile.php

  2. Bret heart bobby Says:

    yeah he is right!!you can use seperate profiles for surfing and web development…and also you can tweak firefox to get more reliable…….

  3. illusions Says:

    I use Firefox 3.0.11 and firebug 1.3.3. By me do’nt exist menu disable site for firebug. :(

  4. Kevin Worthington Says:

    Besides Firebug, there are othe things that contribute to Gmail loading slowly. One great tip is to add ?nocheckbrowser to the end of the URL: https://mail.google.com/mail/?nocheckbrowser. Gmail will then load quickly. Try it out for yourself.

  5. Josh L Says:

    Does anyone know why this happens with Google services in general? From Gmail to the Maps API, Firebug and Google services often don’t mix.

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