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Chrome Warning message regarding not using preloaded chunks #8

stevenfitzpatrick opened this Issue Feb 2, 2017 · 2 comments


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stevenfitzpatrick commented Feb 2, 2017

Just trying out this plugin for two chunks generated by webpack code splitting, everything seems to working fine but in console I am getting these warnings.

The resource http://localhost:8080/98196ebdaabca2c98261.js was preloaded using link preload but not used within a few seconds from the window's load event. Please make sure it wasn't preloaded for nothing.

Now the error makes sense, but it could take the user a few seconds to navigate to the route which requires these chunks. Is there anyway to stop this error message ?

I.e I preload these code-splitting chunks as follows

<link rel="preload" href="98196ebdaabca2c98261.js" as="script">
<link rel="preload" href="0f4f2b938549bee12ab7.js" as="script">

but they are not loaded on "home" route, only when the user navigates to i.e. "favourites"

Edit : I guess I should be using prefetch


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addyosmani commented Feb 2, 2017

Thanks for asking a good question. Unused preloads in Chrome will trigger a console warning ~3 seconds after onload. This happens when the resource isn't being consumed (e.g you're not trying to use a script you've preloaded) in a timely manner.

If the resource is needed for the current navigation & will be used, go for preload. If the resource is needed beyond that (and you're not using in the current nav), I'd go for prefetch.


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stevenfitzpatrick commented Feb 2, 2017

Thanks for replying, I was just going to try and close this before I saw your reply, as I felt stupid after reading more about the difference between prefetch and preload.

My first impression was preload was the cool new thing in town to replace prefetch. But I guess there is still a need for both.

Thanks for the answer.

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