Bug 5812 - Netscape still hangs on some java pages. Here's a trace.
Summary: Netscape still hangs on some java pages. Here's a trace.
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: netscape
Version: 6.1
Hardware: i386
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Bill Nottingham
QA Contact:
: 7971 (view as bug list)
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 1999-10-10 21:25 UTC by George Karabin
Modified: 2017-02-27 18:41 UTC (History)
3 users (show)

Fixed In Version:
Doc Type: Bug Fix
Doc Text:
Clone Of:
Last Closed: 1999-11-02 18:27:01 UTC

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Description George Karabin 1999-10-10 21:25:38 UTC
As much as netscape has improved on Linux, it still doesn't
get along with serious Java programs very well.

As usaual, I'm working on a Sunday, and want to pay
attention to my sports games. The NFL has this fantastic
applet (http://espn.go.com/nfl/week/sco.html , NFL.com
GameDay Live, linked to by

Netscape runs this applet fine for a while, and then hangs.
I've usually got a couple of windows open, and the Mail
application as well. The GDB traces always show the same

I'm running on RH6.1, on a K6-2 300, with 64Megs of RAM,
altough I've seen the problem on my PIII-450, 246Megs at
work as well.

Here are the RPMs:

Here's the trace. It's always hanging in the same place, at
least after a couple of traces. Since I don't have source
handy, I haven't looked into it any more than this. It's
interesting that it's hanging in X, however. Might be a bug
in there worth hunting down.

junkie% gdb /usr/lib/netscape/netscape-communicator
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This GDB was configured as "i386-redhat-linux"...
(no debugging symbols found)...
(gdb) run
Starting program: /usr/lib/netscape/netscape-communicator

Program received signal SIGINT, Interrupt.
0x400e5c9a in _XFlushInt () from /usr/X11R6/lib/libX11.so.6
(gdb) ba
#0  0x400e5c9a in _XFlushInt () from
#1  0x400e5c5b in _XFlush () from /usr/X11R6/lib/libX11.so.6
#2  0x400dd319 in PutImageRequest () from
#3  0x400dd49e in PutSubImage () from
#4  0x400dd850 in XPutImage () from
#5  0x874cb75 in image_Done ()
#6  0x8749589 in Dir32IcmTrnUnsImageConvert ()
#7  0x874cfc3 in
sun_awt_image_ImageRepresentation_setBytePixels ()
#8  0x87503ae in
Java_sun_awt_image_ImageRepresentation_setBytePixels_stub ()
#9  0x870144a in invokeNativeMethod ()
#10 0x8704a80 in ExecuteJava ()
#11 0x8706617 in do_execute_java_method_vararg ()
#12 0x870625a in do_execute_java_method ()
#13 0x8724fb8 in sun_awt_image_GifImageDecoder_parseImage ()
#14 0x8714219 in
Java_sun_awt_image_GifImageDecoder_parseImage_stub ()
#15 0x870144a in invokeNativeMethod ()
#16 0x8704a80 in ExecuteJava ()
#17 0x8706617 in do_execute_java_method_vararg ()
#18 0x8706028 in execute_java_dynamic_method ()
#19 0x87157ef in java_lang_System_setSystemIO ()
#20 0x873e468 in start_thread ()
#21 0x893ad1c in HopToad ()
#22 0x893ad5b in HopToadNoArgs ()
#23 0x893adc4 in PR_Start ()

Comment 1 Bill Nottingham 1999-10-18 19:33:59 UTC
Hmm... I haven't noticed this with the same applet. That's
in the X threading code though. Presumbably a deadlock somewhere
in Netscape.

Comment 2 George Karabin 1999-10-20 16:30:59 UTC
I don't see it right now, either! I would guess that the only time
that it really makes sense to run the applet is on a morning during
all of the NFL games.

The applet gets no updates of game statistics unless games are in
progress. Maybe the rapid updates during a game triggers the bug?

If you've got time (I realize this may not be an easy one to fix even
if you can duplicate it), and a spare machine, maybe the bug can be
duplicated by selecting the game update for a game scheduled for this
weekend. I'd think you could set that up before the weekend, and check
on it the following week.


Comment 3 Bill Nottingham 1999-10-20 16:39:59 UTC
No, I'm saying I've run the applet during games, and not noticed
the hang. I'll try again, but I don't know if I'll be able to
reproduce it.

Comment 4 George Karabin 1999-10-21 05:32:59 UTC
Then I guess I've got a problem. For what it's worth, I'm running on a
K6-2 266, Intel 430TX chipset, 66MHz bus, 64M of RAM and a 16MB
Diamond Viper V550 PCI video card. I'll try running again this weekend
and see if I can duplicate it.

Comment 5 hchcheng 1999-10-23 02:10:59 UTC
I am glad to see someone with the same problem I am having, since
everyone else I talked to just told me to fix my font path!  I am also
running 4.7-1.1, but I am actually running RH 6.0 (because the
installer wouldn't work for me).  The trace is exactly the same, but I
would like to add that I have experienced problems with just about
every Java site that I visit, but it doesn't always happen.  This one
seems to give me crashes more frequently:


There is a little scroller on the right, if it works.

A "workaround" for me is to just disable Java support, but that's not
much of a solution.

I have also observed that it happens more frequently when I click on a
link to a Java page, and while waiting, move the mouse to another
window so that the Netscape window loses focus (but I have never
collected statistics).  This may or may not have anything to do with
the problem.

Comment 6 George Karabin 1999-10-23 03:56:59 UTC
I tried out your link to http://station.nasa.gov/, and got a lockup
after leaving it running for a while. I've noticed that netscape tends
to crash hard when the fontpath is bad, on a variety of java pages. I
think I have my fontpath correctly doctored (attached below).

The only other thing that I can think of that may not be stock on my X
setup is that I changed /etc/X11/fs/config to default to 100dpi a long
time ago, when the default was 75. Here's the line I'm using (I have
no idea what the default is today - I guess I should check into that).

# 100 x 100 and 75 x 75
default-resolutions = 100,100,75,75

Here's my font path:

Current directories in font path:
1: /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/misc:unscaled
2: /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/100dpi:unscaled
3: /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/75dpi:unscaled
4: /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/misc
5: /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/Type1
6: /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/Speedo
7: /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/100dpi
8: /usr/share/fonts/default/Type1
9: /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/75dpi

Comment 7 George Karabin 1999-10-24 18:03:59 UTC
I tried the NFL link again this weekend and got the same problem. It
took a while for the problem to occur, after I browsed through a
couple of games, and then did some browsing elsewhere while the NFL
window ran in the background. YMMV.

Comment 8 Bill Nottingham 1999-11-01 17:18:59 UTC
I actually was able to reproduce this this weekend.
I'll forward it on to netscape; not sure if there's anything
we can do about it, though. :(

Comment 9 George Karabin 1999-11-02 05:57:59 UTC
Thanks. My guess is the solution is to wait for Mozilla to enter beta

Comment 10 SI Reasoning 1999-12-11 08:31:59 UTC
Ever since I upgraded to Redhat's new gnome files, the Netscape crashes have
become worse. It used to be limited to a handful of sites, now it happens all of
the time and is getting very irritating. I can find no pattern to it either,
sometimes it will lock up even though I just have it up and am working with
something else.

Comment 11 Bill Nottingham 2000-02-02 03:03:59 UTC
*** Bug 7971 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

Comment 12 hchcheng 2000-06-07 14:30:26 UTC
Is there any chance that this can be fixed any time soon?

Comment 13 Ralph Bean 2017-02-27 18:40:48 UTC
Package request has been approved: https://admin.stg.fedoraproject.org/pkgdb/package/modules/chrony

Comment 14 Ralph Bean 2017-02-27 18:41:08 UTC
Package request has been approved: https://admin.stg.fedoraproject.org/pkgdb/package/docker/chrony

Comment 15 Ralph Bean 2017-02-27 18:41:32 UTC
Package request has been approved: https://admin.stg.fedoraproject.org/pkgdb/package/modules/dhcp

Comment 16 Ralph Bean 2017-02-27 18:41:49 UTC
Package request has been approved: https://admin.stg.fedoraproject.org/pkgdb/package/docker/dhcp

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