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Isn't Firefox supposed to display a cached version of the page when I use the back button? Is there something I can to do prevent Firefox from doing this ?

I understand it makes less sense nowadays to display a caced version of a page, as most of pages are dynamically generated, and the connection is (in my case) fast enough so that it doesn't make a difference.

  • What makes you think it's not using the cache? – MrWhite Feb 19 '13 at 12:10
  • The page may contain other links or objects which want to be refreshed. Check the page's source. – ott-- Feb 19 '13 at 12:18
  • There is a slight lag when I hit back, and Firefox is displaying where it is connecting in the status bar. – alecail Feb 19 '13 at 12:18
  • @ott-- Could it be a side effect of an extension ? – alecail Feb 19 '13 at 12:26
  • If there is JavaScript on the page then this will run when you go back to that page - this could do anything, including communicating with the server (AJAX). This could certainly override the browser cache. – MrWhite Feb 19 '13 at 12:29
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In the few tests I've tried, Firefox is using the browser cache - no additional HTTP requests are even sent to the server.

If it's not using the cache for you then this might be to do with the cache-control headers as sent by the original page you are going back to. (Or your cache is disabled?!)

EDIT: Also note (as mentioned in comments) if there is JavaScript on the page then this will run when you go back to that page - this could potentially do anything, including communicating with the server (AJAX). This could certainly override the browser cache, resulting in a stream of HTTP traffic (as seen in the browser status bar).

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