Was a solution ever found to safari auto-refresh?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by eifer, Aug 16, 2011.

  1. eifer macrumors regular

    Oct 17, 2008
    Has anyone else noticed this? It seems like Safari in Lion (maybe this was in SL as well, I upgraded at the same time from Leopard to SL and Lion),


    so anyways it seems like safari will refresh in a manner similar to how it refreshes on the iPad. Is there any way to prevent it from behaving like this?
  2. eifer thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 17, 2008
    Was a solution ever found to safari auto-refresh?

    Chrome has been giving me some trouble lately, so I switched back to Safari. However, Safari's auto-refresh functionality is driving me crazy!! I need to disable this!! Is there any way around this at all??
  3. Maverick513 macrumors member

    Dec 13, 2011
    There are no settings to turn off the auto refresh in Safari. Normally, this issue is caused by some code of the websites you are browsing. To be more specific, it is <meta http-equiv=”refresh”>. If you are familiar with HTML, this code is used to reload web pages automatically in regular intervals. Webmasters add this code to increase their website page views count. It sounds a cheat to me. You can use FireFox instead, which has an option to stop auto refreshing.
  4. eifer thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 17, 2008
    Thank you for your reply, Maverick. However, this is not the issue. For example, I left this forum open overnight, and when I clicked back to this tab, it refreshed. I just checked the source, and there is no html coding for auto-refresh. This is behavior that is identical to safari on iOS.
  5. Maverick513, Jan 11, 2012
    Last edited: Jan 11, 2012

    Maverick513 macrumors member

    Dec 13, 2011
    Sorry, I misunderstood your case. That issue occurs when the IOS is running low on RAM memory, and cannot store the entire page in the cache.
    On Mac OS X, that is a feature to Safari 5.1. Web pages auto-refresh if they are left inactive for a period of time. It can be indirectly disabled in debug menu.
    Close Safari, launch Terminal, input “defaults write com.apple.Safari IncludeInternalDebugMenu 1”. This will enable Safari debug menu.
    Then open Safari, and you will notice a new menu “Debug” appeared beside the “Help”. Deselect the option “Use Multi-process Windows” in the “Debug” menu.
    Reopen the Safari, you will notice Safari is in single process mode and marked as “SP”. This will prevent the automatic refreshing of webpages.
    But there is the downside for this method. Many plugins and extensions will not work. So it is up to you. Or you can use Chrome or Firefox.
  6. meagain macrumors 68030

    Nov 18, 2006
    I will try this as I can't stand it anymore.

    Do you happen to know how to ensure windows re-open in their current desktop 'spaces' in mission control? If I want to retain current windows when reopening Safari, they always re-open in one main 'desktop' and I have to spend 15 minutes putting the windows in the various desktops they were in before close.

    I've had them re-open properly in the past 'sometimes' but not sure what I did. I think 'force quit' safari doesn't work.
  7. sandimacd macrumors regular


    Nov 17, 2010
    Safari locks & wont force quit in SL on MBA

    For past 3 days have had problems with Safari Version 5.0.5 (6533.21.1) on my MBA 10.6.8. It stalls, freezes and Force Quit is greyed out in Dock Icon. On Apple Menu, Safari isn't even listed as an open APP. Even though lighted dot is in Safari dock icon. I can double click it under Apps and a new window launches and then Safari is displayed in Apple Menu to allow me to select Force Quit which eventually works. Have tried logging into Apple site support today but for some reason it is temp unavailable to me past 45 min. Curious if just me or affecting others. I am back to using Camino right now to reach this forum as I have wasted 20 min restarting MBA and relaunching Safari x3 and then doing the work around for Force Quit.
  8. eifer thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 17, 2008
    For the love of god is there any way to disable safari auto refreshing??

    This drives me crazy. I was just watching a youtube video and safari decided it needed to refresh all of my tabs. What the hell kind of programming is this? One time I was filling out a form, and then boom, refresh, everything gone. I have 6 gigs of ram, there's no way it should be running out to the point where it needs to nuke itself. Is there an extension or something to fix this? How can you guys put up with it?

    No I don't want to use Chrome or Firefox.
  9. zen macrumors 68000


    Jun 26, 2003
    I'd love a fix for this too - it drives me crazy, especially as I have a very large number of tabs open as I work during the day.
  10. arjen92 macrumors 65816


    Sep 9, 2008
    Below sea level
    What about Opera? :D
  11. Killa Aaron macrumors 6502

    Killa Aaron

    Nov 14, 2011
    anything but Opera :rolleyes:

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