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
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
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.
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.
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.
netscape-communicator SIGILLs immediately, regardless of the
state of the ~/.netscape directory.
netscape-navigator sits spinning after its dns-helper process
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.
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?
*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 3514 ***