Wednesday, April 8, 2015

How did Firefox generate 50GB of crash reports?!

More interesting is that each crash report is small (several KB each) - meaning that Firefox created nearly 3 MILLION files in a single directory! Forget trying to view that directory in Windows explorer - the desktop will freeze. Most interesting is how long it takes to delete 3 million files from the command line: 5 hours and 26 minutes...  and that is on a workstation with 10,000 RPM drives!

What I am perplexed about is how Firefox managed to generate 3 million files and take up 50 GB of disk space without me realizing.  Very strange.

The files were found at:

C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Crash Reports\pending