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Has it occured to anyone that after starting up
Netscape(3.0 or 3.01) the system (RedHat 4.1 16M RAM 45M swap) had you wait for 4 minutes. when i look with 'ps'
the process is there, but no window comes up and there is no swapping or anything suggesting that the system is working
towards starting Netscape.
The same thing happens when finally starting a java applet in Netscape; the first one take a couple of minutes to get going, after that it's OK.
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by:ggeens
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Four minutes before Netscape starts up seems way to long to me.

Can you be a little more specific? What exactly happens during that time: does a window pop up? Is there something inside the window?
Is there any modem/network activity going?

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Good old Netscape.  If you looked at the size of the Netscape binary, no wonder your poor machine is sitting there.  Try the size of the Netscape Communicator v4.0 binary.  Have these people not heard of shared libraries :-)  16MB of RAM is probably not really enough for this beast of a program, considering OS and X's overhead etc.


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timc !

i don't think that's the case. my slackware 3.0 needed less
than 10 secs with the same hardware.

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Did you try running a top in another xterm during the startup period?
How much processor time is used by Netscape?
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now i have it 'solved' though i'm not sure what caused it. i renamed the /etc/sysconfig/network file, so the NETWORKING wariable was set to NO at boot-time. Then it worked OK except that the 'shutdown' program didn't do anything, but after shutting down with 'halt' i named the /ect/sysconfig/network file  to it's original name and now life is good.
still i'd appreciate anyone telling what exactly happened.
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now i have it 'solved' though i'm not sure what caused it. i renamed the /etc/sysconfig/network file, so the NETWORKING wariable was set to NO at boot-time. Then it worked OK except that the 'shutdown' program didn't do anything, but after shutting down with 'halt' i named the /ect/sysconfig/network file  to it's original name and now life is good.
still i'd appreciate anyone telling what exactly happened.
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From what I heard on usenet, the problem could be your /etc/hosts file and the name server. For some reason, Red Hat Linux starts up a nameserver (named).
So when you start up netscape, it tries to find your PC's IP address.
On my Slackware installation, the libraries would first look into /etc/hosts, and if it doesn't find it there, it will call named. This proces takes time.

The solution other people have used, is to kill named. Normally, you will not need it anyway.
To remove named from your boot sequence permanently, try Red Hat's configuration tool.
If you can't figure out howe to do it, you'll have to search the files in the /etc/ tree. Normally, I would suspect the filename includes the letters `rc'.
(Try find /etc -name '*rc*' -print | xargs grep named )
Add a # (sharp sign) before that line containing named.
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I think
you should also change "Home Page Location"
in Options-> General Preference or set it to Blank page.
If this link points to unreacheble or slow connected
host.

If you know pid of Netscape you can
execute:
strace -p Pid_of_Netscape
and to see what system calls execute Netscape
It helps to solve problems.
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