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alert + setTimeout = failure (was: GM_xmlhttpRequest fails silently) #1318

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bokelskere opened this Issue March 24, 2011 · 20 comments

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bokelskere arantius Peter Lejeck Lakritzator Henrik Heimbuerger Mike Medley theYeas Gerard Braad — 吉拉德 pallo k100
bokelskere
// ==UserScript==
// @name           test
// @namespace      _test
// @include        http://stackoverflow.com/*
// ==/UserScript==

alert("_hello world_");

GM_xmlhttpRequest({
  method: "GET",
  url: "http://www.flickr.com/",
  onload: function(response) {
    alert("success");
  },
  onerror: function(response) {
      alert(
          [
            response.status,
            response.statusText,
          ].join("\n"));
  }
});

When I try this code, I get the "hello world", but the GM_xmlhttpRequest seems to fail silently.

I use Firefox 4.0, Greasemonkey 0.9.1.

arantius
Collaborator

Confirmed working in 3.6, failing in 4.0.
Simpler clickable test case: https://gist.github.com/888680

arantius
Collaborator

Scratch that. Provided case confirmed. My case linked above works as expected. So the bug is somewhere in the difference between the two. Also: when they both run on the same page neither work. But with both installed on a page that only runs mine, it works.

arantius
Collaborator

The difference appears to be (this makes no sense to me yet) the leading alert. If I remove the 'hello world' alert from the provided test case, it works as expected.

Peter Lejeck

I'm having the same issue on my scripts, but I don't have any alerts or anything. It also seems that nothing after the silent failure will run either.

Perhaps the issue has something to do with the double-checking of the scope chain? Can somebody test and confirm/refute this?

Lakritzator

Same here: Firefox 3.6.15 and Greasemonkey 0.9.1 no problems, but with FireFox 4 the GM_xmlhttpRequest does "nothing" (at least nothing visible).

Henrik Heimbuerger

I'm also having the issue that the 'onload' of an GM_xmlhttpRequest() is never invoked, although opening the given URL directly in Firefox 4 works just fine. I'm connecting to a GAE instance via HTTPS. If I switch to HTTP, it works. But of course I'd prefer to use HTTPS and it has worked like that in Firefox 3.6.x.

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ghost commented April 06, 2011

The content you are editing has changed. Reload the page and try again.

It works for me on FF4 at one windows vista computer but not on a windows 7 computer.

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arantius
Collaborator

Here's what I found out so far. Test script: https://gist.github.com/906344

This script will do an alert() no more than once per minute. Launch your browser, and see the alert. Close and reopen it quickly, and you can see in the console:

starting gm_xhr ... done
gm_xhr loaded

Once per page loaded. The second line is the "success" case. Close your browser, wait a minute, then reopen it. You'll see the alert the first time, then for each page the console will only show the first line, the latter will never get called. This seems to happen forever, as soon as gm_xhr is broken by running the alert first (?!) it's broken "forever" (at least until browser re-launch).

This, at a minimum, helps explain the inconsistency in previously noted behavior. Stuff that happened in a completely different execution -- even in a completely separate script (tested with a second copy of this without the alert and altered log lines) -- will break all gm_xhr in this browser.

arantius
Collaborator

Reduced test case! https://gist.github.com/910628

Calling alert() in a user script causes setTimeout() to fail. GM_xhr happens to depend on setTimeout().

Mike Medley

Calling alert() in a user script causes setTimeout() to fail. GM_xhr happens to depend on setTimeout().
Well it also fails in FF4 with GM 0.8.0 so it sounds like a moz bug to me.
yate commented May 03, 2011

Okay seriously. I have FF4 and greasemonkey 0.9.2 and have been struggling with this for about 2 hours. It somehow worked when I decided to open up a new tab and run it. I don't know what killed the tab but it seems to be working fine now for me.

theYeas
theYeas commented May 03, 2011

Opening a new tab fixed this issue for me too. (After removing the alert.)

Gerard Braad — 吉拉德
gbraad commented May 04, 2011

confirmed what @theYeas says; open a new tab. Might be an issue in upstream.

arantius
Collaborator
Gerard Braad — 吉拉德
gbraad commented May 04, 2011

saw the link and reported this also on the stackoverflow question that brought me here. I bought this immediately affects users, but during development you can seriously cut yourself. For example, I saw traffic from the browser to the server, server responded correctly... but the onload never got triggered. Now I probably know why; earlier testing with alert.

arantius arantius referenced this issue from a commit in arantius/greasemonkey May 18, 2011
arantius Inject old-style (non-modal, non-broken) alert into sandbox.
Refs: #1318
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pallo
pallo commented May 18, 2011

If it just depends on alert, replace: alert("Alarm!"); with: window.setTimeout(function() { alert('Alarm!') }, 1000);

arantius
Collaborator

This -fix- is actually insufficient: confirm and prompt at least will cause the same failure. But ultimately all we can do is work around the upstream problem. I'm closing this, and adding another issue to track the upstream bug, and remove the workaround when it is resolved.

Edit: #1350

arantius arantius closed this May 18, 2011
k100
k100 commented June 02, 2011

hi, here work fine after my patch;
maybe helpful to you:

#1238

arantius arantius referenced this issue from a commit September 06, 2012
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