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Mozilla runs ONLY on NIS server?

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I am running Red Hat Enterprise Linux Advanced Server 2.1 version 2.4.9-e.49smp.

I have established an NIS environment in order for all user home directories to reside
on a server where also resides the password file for all users.  This way, I only need
to have one location for the password file.

However, there seems to be a fundamental problem with running Mozilla on a client machine,
due to the fact that the user's home directory is on the client and the .mozilla directories
must contain some file name constraints - or whatever.

Any user can always run Mozilla on our NIS server.

I have a problem when I try to run Mozilla from an NIS client.

When I try running Mozilla on an NIS client  it completely hangs the client machine.
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Are you using an auto.home map that maps each user's home dir to /home/user on the client machine?

Are the client machines running the same Mozilla version as is installed on the NIS server?

If the answer to both of those questions is yes it should work, at least it does for us.
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I don't know about auto.home map that maps each user's home dir to /home/hser on the client machine.
i.e. I cannot find anywhere the auto.home map (I presume file) anywhere below the / directory.
I would assume this auto.home map would be in the .mozilla directory chain?

On our NIS server, here are the mozilla versions loaded:

[japsey@DCFRAID ~]$ rpm -qa | egrep mozilla
mozilla-nss-devel-1.4.3-2.1.2
mozilla-1.4.3-2.1.2
mozilla-nspr-1.4.3-2.1.2
mozilla-js-debugger-1.4.3-2.1.2
mozilla-mail-1.4.3-2.1.2
mozilla-nspr-devel-1.4.3-2.1.2
mozilla-chat-1.4.3-2.1.2
mozilla-nss-1.4.3-2.1.2
nautilus-mozilla-1.0.4-46.1
mozilla-devel-1.4.3-2.1.2
mozilla-dom-inspector-1.4.3-2.1.2
[japsey@DCFRAID ~]$

And on one of our client machines (and I believe they are all the same) here are the mozilla versions loaded:

[root@DCFRAID-WS02 japsey]# rpm -qa | egrep mozilla
nautilus-mozilla-1.0.4-46.1
mozilla-1.4.3-2.1.2
mozilla-mail-1.4.3-2.1.2
mozilla-nss-1.4.3-2.1.2
mozilla-nspr-1.4.3-2.1.2
[root@DCFRAID-WS02 japsey]#

So, it appears the same version of Mozilla is running on the NIS server, DCFRAID
and on the NIS client, DCFRAID-WS02.

The server and client  machines are running same Red Hat Enterprise Linux kernels, namely:, 2.4.9-e.49smp.
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If configured, 'ypcat auto.home' would return a list of the auto mount map.

It is possible that you might be exporting /home on the server and mounting that on /home on the workstations, and you can tell if that's the case by a 'df'.
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Yes, I am doing just what you suggest, "you might be exporting /home on the server and mounting that on /home on the workstations".  A df on a client workstation produces the following:

[japsey@DCFRAID-WS02 ~]$ df
Filesystem           1k-blocks      Used Available Use% Mounted on
/dev/hda3             74840796   2128204  68910812   3% /
/dev/hda1                46636     23371     20857  53% /boot
none                    513856         0    513856   0% /dev/shm
DCFRAID:/home         33221928   8812200  22722096  28% /home
DCFRAID:/DCF          33221928   8812200  22722096  28% /DCF
[japsey@DCFRAID-WS02 ~]$

So, we can see that the server's home directory, DCFRAID:/home  is mounted.  This permits access to /home/anybody on the server from any client workstation on our network.  Naturally, anybody must be a user on the server.

So, are you led to any conclusions about why I am able to run Mozilla on the server and not on the client?  I think it must have something to do with the /home/anybody/.mozilla directory.
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I don't think this question ever got resolved.  I still have the problem of running Mozilla from a client on an NIS environment where all home directories and passwords live on the NIS server.
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