Zotero always crashes when searching PDF content for single+frequent words


If I search PDF content for any of the words "science" OR "ciência" at same search, Zotero always crashes, be it Firefox or Standalone. Be it normal search or using Regex.

I realize it happens often when searching for common words which appears frequently in my PDFs, as the ones I mentioned.

My database has 6700 indexed PDF with 2,108,964 words.

My computer is Intel i5 2.4Ghz, 6GB RAM, Windows 7, last beta version of Zotero's Firefox.

Is it expected to happen? Any workaround?

Many thanks,
  • By "crashes" I assume you actually mean "freezes"? Does it finish if you let it go?
  • No. It crashes indeed, not freezes. Firefox is closed automatically and a new small window appears with a message like that

    => "sorry Firefox crashed, would you like to quit or restart?"

    As I mentioned, it happens just with simple PDF content search, if I run a complex regex Zotero tends to freeze and take forever to provide results, but never crashes. But if I search for a couple of single words, crash is guaranteed.

    Any idea what is going wrong?

  • What's the exact message?

    If you go to about:crashes in the Firefox address bar and look at the timestamps, do you see a relevant crash listed? If so, click through and provide the Mozilla URL.
  • Message about:crashes
    Submitted Crash Reports
    No crash reports have been submitted.

    When this happens again I will take a screenshot.
  • See the crash here (video):

    Words I was looking for matching any:
  • edited April 26, 2014
    You have to report the crash to Mozilla for a crash report to show up. Have you checked about:crashes after submitting?
  • https://crash-stats.mozilla.com/report/index/2947d93e-5806-4345-8c47-4eb772140427https://crash-stats.mozilla.com/report/index/2947d93e-5806-4345-8c47-4eb772140427

    Link report: about:crashes
  • FWIW, looks like you're running out of memory during the saved search (i.e. Zotero appears to be using it all up). This shouldn't happen, obviously, and I don't have a fix, but I thought we should give you an update. Dan can probably say more.
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