Bug 6848 - bus error with Netscape after upgrading to 4.7
Summary: bus error with Netscape after upgrading to 4.7
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: netscape
Version: 6.1
Hardware: i386
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Bill Nottingham
QA Contact:
Depends On:
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Reported: 1999-11-09 10:54 UTC by harrij
Modified: 2014-03-17 02:11 UTC (History)
3 users (show)

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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 1999-12-17 21:09:13 UTC

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Description harrij 1999-11-09 10:54:32 UTC
Netscape Communicator 4.7 started to crash with bus error
after I upgraded to 4.7 from 4.51. It crashes right after I
run it so it's probably not connected to the earlier Java
bus error.

Comment 1 Bill Nottingham 1999-11-09 16:21:59 UTC
Ok, what does 'chkfontpath --list' and 'rpm -qa | grep netscape' say?

------- Additional Comments From   11/09/99 14:04 -------
They say:

[harri@cloudbuster harri]$ /usr/sbin/chkfontpath --list
Current directories in font path:
1: /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/misc:unscaled
2: /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/75dpi:unscaled
3: /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/100dpi:unscaled
4: /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/misc
5: /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/Type1
6: /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/Speedo
7: /usr/share/fonts/default/Type1
8: /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/Truetype
9: /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/100dpi
10: /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/75dpi
[harri@cloudbuster harri]$ rpm -qa | grep netscape
[harri@cloudbuster harri]$

Comment 2 kie 1999-11-17 19:18:59 UTC
I get a bus-error every time i try lo add a link in composer with NS 4.7 across
several plattforms (tested 5.2, 6.0, 6.1), all having the newest RPMs

Comment 3 Harvey Stein 1999-11-25 17:42:59 UTC
I have the same problem after trying to upgrade from 4.61-12us to 4.7-1.1us.
I followed the advice re: chkfontpath but that didn't help.  Using strace &
ltrace it seems that netscape is trying to open librvcore.so but failing to
do so.  It looks in /lib/i586, /lib, /usr/lib/i586, and /usr/lib, but it's
located in /usr/local/rvplayer5.0.  After adding it to LD_LIBRARY_PATH, it
manages to load librvcore.so, but than fails trying to find libm.so.5 (which
is in /usr/i486-linux-libc5/lib).  I tried adding the latter path to
LD_LIBRARY_PATH, but that doesn't work, presumably because then it starts
grabbing stuff from there that it shouldn't.  Maybe this will help you guys
to trace down the problem...  Uninstalling or appropriately reinstalling
the rvplayer might be a work around, but I haven't tried that yet.

Comment 4 Harvey Stein 1999-11-25 18:52:59 UTC
It seems to be an incompatibility btw netscape and the rvplayer I had installed.
I removed librvplayer.so from .netscape/plugins and now netscape doesn't give
a bus error when starting.  I'm entering this from netscape 4.7.  Could those
afflicted with this bug please try removing all traces of librvplayer.so &
librvcore.so from your system and see if netscape starts working.  Don't
just remove it from from .netscape/plugins because netscape also looks at other
directories for plugins).  Please add a comment here as to whether or not this
fixes your problem.

NOTE - this is *not* a bug fix, it's just a work around.  We really need
netscape working with the rvplayer plugin.  Maybe a newer version of rvplayer
(if such exists) would help?

Comment 5 Bill Nottingham 1999-12-10 18:19:59 UTC
The problem you're having is most likely that you're
using a libc5 realplayer, along with a glibc netscape.
This just won't work, period.

You'd need to use a glibc-2.x version of realplayer;
Real Audio has a version for their 5.0 version, or
you could use the alpha G2 player.

Comment 6 Bill Nottingham 1999-12-10 18:20:59 UTC
(the adding a link crash in composer is known. There's no
real workaround available.)

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