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I was just playing around with Chrome and was wondering if anyone know what does the number in %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data\chrome_shutdown_ms.txt mean ?

Everytime I shutdown chrome, it will change, so I'd expect the number inside it to mean *the number of milliseconds it takes to shutdown chrome..

But it doesn't seem to be so because my number writes 1000+, sometimes even 2000+ and yet it doesn't actually even take a second to shutdown chrome, so obviously that number couldn't be the amount of milliseconds it takes to shutdown chrome.

Does anyone know what does that number mean?

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The chrome window disappearing does not mean that chrome has shutdown , if you check you task manager u can see that chrome process are still running after yo have closed the browser –  Shakehar Dec 27 '11 at 11:04
    
@Shark hey yes I'm aware of that but even the Chrome process had been terminated within < 500 milliseconds hence the question –  Pacerier Dec 28 '11 at 6:55
    
You should ask on the Google Chrome forums. –  surfasb Dec 28 '11 at 10:39
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According to the chromius sources, which can be searched here for chrome_shutdown_ms.txt, this is exactly the shutdown time of Chrome (at least, for a part of its processes). If you see that chrome processes disappear from process list faster than the logged time, then there could be a bunch of reasons for this, but they are hard to deduce without additional testing.

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