SUMMARY: Re: Solaris 8 and Netscape troubles

From: Adam and Christine Levin (
Date: Wed Oct 04 2000 - 14:46:05 CDT

I'm summarizing, but I'm not happy with the solution...I'll just have to
grin and bear it. Original question below the summary.

Thanks to:
Ed Crotty <>
Derrick Daugherty <>
Russ Poffenberger <>
Allen Carpenter <>

And special thanks for the solution to:
Douglas Palmer <>
Frank Smith <>
John Weekley <>

First, all networking works fine except Netscape, so there's no problem
with DNS, nsswitch or resolv.conf.

However, I shut off nscd as a matter of course. Apparently, Netscape
requires either a proxy or nscd to be running. The old version of
Netscape that I had (4.7) running on my Solaris 2.6 box did not require
this -- nscd was turned off, and it worked fine. The new version (4.75 --
not the version included with Solaris 8, but my own fresh install) running
on Solaris 8 apparently requires it, because as soon as I turned nscd on,
it worked. I guess I'm stuck running nscd. At least this isn't a server.

Thanks again,

On Wed, 4 Oct 2000, Adam and Christine Levin wrote:
> Ok, this is getting annoying, so I'm posting.
> I've tried searching Netscape, Sun and the archives.
> I recently switched desktop machines from a Sparc 5 to an Ultra 1/170E
> with double the memory. In the process, I decided to reinstall the OS on
> the Ultra and installed Solaris 8 (we run 2.6 everywhere else).
> The one nagging problem I have is with Netscape. I can't get it to
> resolve any addresses. I can get to the web server on my desktop machine,
> but nowhere out on the Internet.
> I can telnet on port 80 to anywhere and get results, and I can use lynx
> from the command line with no problems -- it's only netscape.
> We use no proxies, and I have no problems through our firewall from my
> linux laptop, my Windows desktop, or my old Sun box.
> I've tried using the version that ships with the OS in /usr/dt/bin, and
> I've tried using the newest version which I installed in
> /usr/local/netscape. Both exhibit the same behaviour.
> Has anyone else come across this?
> Thanks,
> -Adam

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