Bug 4076 - Netscape can't launch with JavaScript set
Netscape can't launch with JavaScript set
Status: CLOSED DUPLICATE of bug 3514
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: netscape (Show other bugs)
sparc Linux
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Assigned To: David Lawrence
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Reported: 1999-07-16 11:37 EDT by Stephen P. Cohen
Modified: 2008-05-01 11:37 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 1999-07-28 18:55:10 EDT
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Description Stephen P. Cohen 1999-07-16 11:37:26 EDT
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
Comment 1 Stephen P. Cohen 1999-07-16 11:52:59 EDT
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
Comment 2 Stephen P. Cohen 1999-07-16 11:54:59 EDT
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.
Comment 3 Bill Nottingham 1999-07-16 12:37:59 EDT
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.
Comment 4 Stephen P. Cohen 1999-07-16 12:46:59 EDT
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.
Comment 5 Bill Nottingham 1999-07-16 13:07:59 EDT
Nope -
netscape-communicator SIGILLs immediately, regardless of the
state of the ~/.netscape directory.
netscape-navigator sits spinning after its dns-helper process
Comment 6 Stephen P. Cohen 1999-07-16 14:35:59 EDT
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.
Comment 7 Bill Nottingham 1999-07-16 23:39:59 EDT
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 8 Bill Nottingham 1999-07-28 18:55:59 EDT
*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 3514 ***

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