Re: request for Netscape

From: Renato (
Date: Tue Feb 15 2000 - 17:21:09 CET

My friend Clive,

I finally understood the Netscape freezing problem, after you told me fonts where not responsible for it.
Here I am behind a firewall that blocks comunications between me and any external site, except if it is delivered to firewall by means of a socks port. That's why I should install Netscape. Chimera and lynx do not allow socks definition.

Well, the default Netscape preferences file define Netscape site as the openning page before I had the opportunity to define socks.
Then the program, when started, was continuously trying to access Netscape site and blocked by firewall in an endless loop.
Surprisingly there is no stop button in this Netscape version to end this process.

To fix this I edit preferences file removing initial page definition. Then Netscape starts with a blank page allowing socks network and other options definition.

Now I have another problem:
Without socks definition, I can access our Intranet pages but not any Internet one.
With socks defined, I get a connection denied for any page internal or external.
But this is another chapter...

Thanks for your friendly and detailed help,

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On 10/02/00 at 22:20 Clive Wright wrote:

>Renato wrote:
>> On 05/02/00 at 01:44 Clive Wright wrote:
>> >netscape 3.01 can be obtained from:
>> >
>> >
>> >
>> > I should point out that it is double wrapped. If you unpack
>> >it at "/" the real netscape.tar.gz will be in "/tmp" and the
>> >"/install" directory can be safely removed.
>> >
>> Clive,
>> I installed netscape and it freezes the X as soon as I can click inside its window.
>> Reading startx.log I can see something about fonts that could not be substituted.
>> I can see also in /root/.netscape/preferences a warning about not editing this automatic generated configuration file.
>I also get the warnings about fonts but these are no
>critical errors and should not cause X to freeze.
>I have re-installed netscape and X11 but have been unable to
>duplicate the symptoms you describe.
>I assume you are using a cloned installation of mulinux. I
>would not expect netscape to run on a ram disk.
>How much memory has your linux box and what size swap do you
>have configured?
>Also does your graphics card have its own memory or does it
>use system memory?
>I know that it will not work with a vga16 X server. Did you
>succeed in configuring the svga X server you downloaded from
>Dave Houghtons website?
>I may be running adifferent X server to you. Before starting
>X enter the command:
>X -showconfig
>Compare the version info with the results I get:
>XFree86 Version 3.2 / X Window System
>(protocol Version 11, revision 0, vendor release 6100)
>Release Date: Oct 26 1996
> If the server is older than 6-12 months, or if your
>card is newer
> than the above date, look for a newer version before
> problems. (see http://www.XFree86.Org/FAQ)
>Operating System: Linux [ELF]
>If lack of memory is the problem you may be able to run
>netscape without the overhead of a window manager and other
>X applications by exiting X and starting it directly from
>the command prompt:
>xinit -e netscape
>or if netscape is not in your path or is incorrectly
>installed unpack the tarball that the first unpacking left
>in the /tmp directory. If it exists delete or rename the
>.netscape directory in /root and issue the command:
>xinit -e /tmp/netscape and if all is well you should be
>presented with netscape's license agreement.
>Well there are a few things to try.
>Has anyone else had problems running this version of
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