Why my browser shows out of space for whatsapp?

Hi So when I am using WhatsApp on firefox, it gives me the below error always after some time like 4 or 5 minutes, and then logout from WhatsApp.


I didn't define any limit for the browser and I think I have enough amount of RAM and hard disk space. I first didn't have this issue on my arch Linux but after installing garuda I face this always with WhatsApp and some other websites which may use high memory.

Please let me know if I have to configure anything related to the browser or if you faced the same issue then how did you resolve that?

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We have no control over proprietary software, and neither does Firefox.
Have you already searched in their forums or in general with Whoogle?

That's not so much, modern Browser uses a lot of RAM, btw.

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@SGS oh ok, it could be the issue actually I sometimes kept open 10 to 12 tabs, but it wasn't an issue for me when I was using Arch Linux with dwm.

I use the same environment actually, I use garuda with X and dwm. I also used Wayland (sway edition), but I got the same issue there.

It could be the problem of WhatsApp demanding more memory maybe.

Use WU and check with htop

Sort Mem%

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My guess from reading the error message would be disk space is the problem, not RAM. You may have plenty of disk space, but if the temp directory the app is using is full that could cause something like this. Post to the thread:

df -H
psd clean
systemctl --user disable psd

Then reboot.
No sudo.


@TNE what is pad? Is this any particular command? I have tried to install it with pacman, pacman -Ss pad but there are so many results. how do I install it?

Oh yes, I can see one directory called /tmp it has a file system called tmpfs`.

tmpfs           4.1G  9.5M  4.1G   1% /tmp
/dev/nvme0n1p9  209G   26G  182G  13% /srv
/dev/nvme0n1p9  209G   26G  182G  13% /var/cache
/dev/nvme0n1p9  209G   26G  182G  13% /var/log
/dev/nvme0n1p9  209G   26G  182G  13% /var/tmp
/dev/nvme0n1p5  524M  623k  523M   1% /boot/efi

So should I increase the space for this one? there is also /var/tmp don't know what is stands for.

I edited it, sorry I made a typo :stuck_out_tongue:

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I had same issue in past, and clearing the cookies and data for the whatsapp fixed it.

Note that this would log out your account, which you can simply log in again.

Whatsapp actually downloads recent chats, videos and photos automatically on whatsapp web, which causes this issue, especially in older versions of whatsapp web.

I hope this fixes your issue.


Are you using Firefox or Firedragon?

The reason I ask is I've found this when looking at the cache of Firedragon...

To clear cookies and site data, simply click on lock-like ( image ) icon on search bar and select clear cookies and site data and then select remove

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Hi @Colin thanks for your reply, yes I use both firefox and firedragon and I got this problem in these kinds of browsers only maybe.

I don't use whatsapp, but I notice in your second screenshot that your cache seems to be full.

Have a look at How to Set RAM Cache in Firefox | Small Business - Chron.com

Have a look at the guide, and try setting "browser.cache.memory.capacity" to -1. Maybe this might do the trick.

If this doesn't work maybe you should try a change...


@Colin thanks, I think for memory it is -1 but I can change it to disk as well and see if this work or not.

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