Bug 3514

Summary: netscape won't run on sun4c
Product: [Retired] Red Hat Linux Reporter: mackbw
Component: netscapeAssignee: Bill Nottingham <notting>
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Priority: high    
Version: 6.0CC: davem, mackbw, rvokal, scohen
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Hardware: sparc   
OS: Linux   
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Last Closed: 1999-08-24 16:38:46 UTC Type: ---
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Description mackbw 1999-06-16 22:39:07 UTC
I have installed the netscape rpm's that come with red hat linux 6.0...
When I try to run it from a shell I get the following...
          "Warning: translation table syntex error: Modifier or ' ' expected
            Warning: ... found while parsing 'Alt '
            Illegal Opperation"

    This is what occurs most of the time... Sometimes I just get the
Illegal Opperation message, sometimes I get nothing. Netscape did
come up once. and ran for a while, then crashed... I have tried reinstalling
or installing just the navigator package rather than the communicator
package with the same results...

   I am running a Sun SparcStation 2. A Hayes
 Compat External Modem... I do have access to the internet with it...
I just can't get Netscape running.

Comment 1 Bill Nottingham 1999-06-23 22:11:59 UTC
What keymap are you running with?

Comment 2 Bill Nottingham 1999-07-16 16:41:59 UTC
Netscape seems to have serious problems on sun4c machines - this
could explain the problems you're seeing.

Comment 3 Bill Nottingham 1999-07-28 22:55:59 UTC
*** Bug 4076 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

Netscape will abort a launch attempt if it has been
previously closed with Edit Preference Java Script
selected.  It crashes (without a core dump) with 'Illegal
Instruction' message.

If the .netscape directory is deleted from your home
directory, Netscape will launch correctly.  Exit (or close)
Netscape - you'll not be able to launch again until
the .netscape directory is deleted.

However, if after it launches the Edit Preferences Java
Script option is de-selected, Netscape can then be closed
and launched correctly.

Once launched, if the Edit Preferences Java Script is re-
selected, Netscape will crash when the Edit Preferences
window is closed.

This process is repeatable on my SunSPARCstation IPX with
64Mb memory, Weitek chip, and Sun 8 bit frame buffer color

------- Additional Comments From scohen  07/16/99 11:52 -------
FYI.  Three commands were entered prior to running the events
described in this report.  They were:

chkfontpath --add /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/75dpi
chkfontpath --remove /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/100dpi
/etc/rc.d/init.d/xfs restart

------- Additional Comments From scohen  07/16/99 11:54 -------
Several components were upgraded prior to running the events
described in this report.  They include

kernel to 2.2.5-22
XFree stuff upgraded from -49 to -52 as found on rh errata pages.

------- Additional Comments From notting  07/16/99 12:37 -------
Unable to replicate on Ultra5 or Sparc10.
Able to replicate (somewhat; it never actually starts)
on an IPX. (with 14M memory. This took a while to test. ;) )

I'd say that sparc netscape has sun4c problems. :(

I'll report it to netscape, although since they seem to
have forgotten to release a 4.6 or 4.61 for sparc, I'm
not sure how concerned they are about fixing it.

------- Additional Comments From scohen  07/16/99 12:46 -------
Make certain you're launching netscape-communicator.  netscape-
navigator 'just sits there' as you say.  Remember to launch
communicator after having deleted the .netscape directory.

------- Additional Comments From notting  07/16/99 13:07 -------
Nope -
netscape-communicator SIGILLs immediately, regardless of the
state of the ~/.netscape directory.
netscape-navigator sits spinning after its dns-helper process

------- Additional Comments From scohen  07/16/99 14:35 -------
Some success was seen in launching with the following options:

netscape-communicator -noinstall -ncols 128

You might also try -ncols 4 or some very low number.

Also, I often had to re-boot the computer.  This forced the system to
launch netscape from disk rather than from system memory cache.

Another tip - try restarting xfs.

------- Additional Comments From notting  07/16/99 23:39 -------
Nope, seems to be pretty much broken on all the sun4c's we have here.
DaveM, any particular reason it would blow up on sun4c and not 4m/4u?

Comment 4 Bill Nottingham 1999-08-24 16:38:59 UTC
Reported to netscape; awaiting a fix from them.