Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 3514
netscape won't run on sun4c
Last modified: 2014-03-16 22:09:32 EDT
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 '
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.
What keymap are you running with?
Netscape seems to have serious problems on sun4c machines - this
could explain the problems you're seeing.
*** 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
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 email@example.com 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
------- Additional Comments From firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 07/16/99 13:07 -------
netscape-communicator SIGILLs immediately, regardless of the
state of the ~/.netscape directory.
netscape-navigator sits spinning after its dns-helper process
------- Additional Comments From firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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?
Reported to netscape; awaiting a fix from them.