Installation of Netscape

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Netscape version 3.0

The file on the FTP-server of Netscape for Linux is called netscape-v30-export.x86-unknown-linux-elf.tar.gz. To be able to install Netscape, you must login as user root into your machine. go to directory /tmp and create there a directory called netscape.
For expirienced users: Of course you can choose other names, but the following description depends on the names here.

To make it simple I assume that the Netscape archive file is in the directory /tmp. Change the path /tmp in the following description with the real path name where you've stored the Netscape archive file.
Because the directory /tmp/netscape exists now, we go to this directory (cd /tmp/netscape). Type in the following on your command line:

# tar -zxf ../netscape-v30-export.x86-unknown-linux-elf.tar.gz
This unpacks the archive and the following files should exist now:
# ls -lR
total 5788
-r--r--r--   1 root     wheel       12964 Aug 28  1996 LICENSE
-r--r--r--   1 root     wheel      219637 Aug 28  1996 Netscape.ad
-r--r--r--   1 root     wheel        9835 Aug 28  1996 README
-r--r--r--   1 root     wheel        4674 Oct 18  1994 XKeysymDB
-r--r--r--   1 root     wheel      723649 Aug 28  1996 java_30
-r-xr-xr-x   1 root     wheel        5464 Aug 28  1996 movemail*
drwxr-xr-x   2 root     wheel        1024 Aug 28  1996 movemail-src/
-r-xr-xr-x   1 root     wheel     4920312 Aug 28  1996 netscape*

movemail-src:
total 39
-r--r--r--   1 root     wheel       17976 Dec 14  1995 COPYING
-r--r--r--   1 root     wheel         919 Dec 14  1995 README
-r--r--r--   1 root     wheel       18415 Dec 14  1995 movemail.c

To make Netscape work all you have to do now is moving the files to the right positions. The following commands shows how:

# mv netscape /usr/X11R6/bin
# mv Netscape.ad /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/app-defaults/Netscape
# mkdir /usr/local/netscape
# mkdir /usr/local/netscape/java
# mkdir /usr/local/netscape/java/classes
# mv java_30 /usr/local/netscape/java/classes
# mv movemail /usr/bin
# cd ..
# rm -rf netscape

Now Netscape is installed correct. Together with the Netscape Fix it should work now.


Netscape version 3.01

The file on the FTP-server of Netscape for Linux is called netscape-v301-export.x86-unknown-linux-elf.tar.gz. To be able to install Netscape, you must login as user root into your machine. go to directory /tmp and create there a directory called netscape.
For expirienced users: Of course you can choose other names, but the following description depends on the names here.

To make it simple I assume that the Netscape archive file is in the directory /tmp. Change the path /tmp in the following description with the real path name where you've stored the Netscape archive file.
Because the directory /tmp/netscape exists now, we go to this directory (cd /tmp/netscape). Type in the following on your command line:

# tar -zxf ../netscape-v301-export.x86-unknown-linux-elf.tar.gz
This unpacks the archive and the following files should exist now:
# ls -lR
total 5788
-r--r--r--   1 root     wheel       12964 Aug 28  1996 LICENSE
-r--r--r--   1 root     wheel      219637 Aug 28  1996 Netscape.ad
-r--r--r--   1 root     wheel        9835 Aug 28  1996 README
-r--r--r--   1 root     wheel        4674 Oct 18  1994 XKeysymDB
-r--r--r--   1 root     wheel      725147 Oct  9  1996 java_301
-r-xr-xr-x   1 root     wheel        5464 Aug 28  1996 movemail*
drwxr-xr-x   2 root     wheel        1024 Aug 28  1996 movemail-src/
-r-xr-xr-x   1 root     wheel     4920312 Aug 28  1996 netscape*

movemail-src:
total 39
-r--r--r--   1 root     wheel       17976 Dec 14  1995 COPYING
-r--r--r--   1 root     wheel         919 Dec 14  1995 README
-r--r--r--   1 root     wheel       18415 Dec 14  1995 movemail.c
To make Netscape work all you have to do now is moving the files to the right positions. The following commands shows how:
# mv netscape /usr/X11R6/bin
# mv Netscape.ad /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/app-defaults/Netscape
# mkdir /usr/local/netscape
# mkdir /usr/local/netscape/java
# mkdir /usr/local/netscape/java/classes
# mv java_301 /usr/local/netscape/java/classes
# mv movemail /usr/bin
# cd ..
# rm -rf netscape
Now Netscape is installed correct. Together with the Netscape Fix it should work now.


Netscape version 4.0b2

The file on the FTP-server of Netscape for Linux is called netscape-v40b2-export.x86-unknown-linux-elf.tar.gz. To be able to install Netscape, you must login as user root into your machine. go to directory /tmp and create there a directory called netscape.
For expirienced users: Of course you can choose other names, but the following description depends on the names here.

To make it simple I assume that the Netscape archive file is in the directory /tmp. Change the path /tmp in the following description with the real path name where you've stored the Netscape archive file.
Because the directory /tmp/netscape exists now, we go to this directory (cd /tmp/netscape). Type in the following on your command line:

# tar -zxf ../netscape-v40b2-export.x86-unknown-linux-elf.tar.gz
This unpacks the archive and the following files should exist now:
# ls -lR
total 11527
-r--r--r--   1 root     wheel       16508 Feb 20 09:44 LICENSE
-r--r--r--   1 root     wheel      313385 Feb 20 09:41 Netscape.ad
-r--r--r--   1 root     wheel       10065 Feb 21 02:41 README
-r--r--r--   1 root     wheel        4674 Oct 18  1994 XKeysymDB
-r--r--r--   1 root     wheel     3706078 Feb 20 09:44 java_40
-r-xr-xr-x   1 root     wheel       11480 Feb 20 09:44 libnullplugin.so*
-r-xr-xr-x   1 root     wheel        5464 Feb 20 09:31 movemail*
drwxr-xr-x   2 root     wheel        1024 Feb 20 09:44 movemail-src/
-r-xr-xr-x   1 root     wheel     7676968 Feb 20 09:44 netscape*

movemail-src:
total 39
-r--r--r--   1 root     wheel       17976 Dec 14  1995 COPYING
-r--r--r--   1 root     wheel         919 Dec 14  1995 README
-r--r--r--   1 root     wheel       18415 Dec 14  1995 movemail.c
To make Netscape work all you have to do now is moving the files to the right positions. The following commands shows how:
# mv netscape /usr/X11R6/bin
# mv Netscape.ad /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/app-defaults/Netscape
# mkdir /usr/local/netscape
# mkdir /usr/local/netscape/java
# mkdir /usr/local/netscape/java/classes
# mv java_40 /usr/local/netscape/java/classes
# mkdir /usr/local/netscape/plugins
# mv libnullplugin.so /usr/local/netscape/plugins
# mv movemail /usr/bin
# cd ..
# rm -rf netscape
Now Netscape is installed correct. Together with the Netscape Fix it should work now.


Currently known errors

Beside the malloc error, there are some errors that can't be fixed with the Netscape Fix

Versions 3.0 and 3.01

When playing bigger Java applets it can happen, that Netscape stops and starts to allocate all your memory. If this happens, you have to kill Netscape immediatly from another console (kill -9 <PID>). If you don't kill it, Linux stops working at the moment where all memory is allocated by Netscape. It does this even if you have set some memory limits.

You can start Netscape only if you have a minimum colour depth of 8Bit. This are 256 colours total. Better is to have 16, 24 or 32 Bit colour depth.
If you start Netscape on a console with only 8Bit colour depth, some warnings about colours may occure. This means, that there are not enough colours to allocate for. To avoid this warning, start Netscape with the parameter -install. Netscape creates then it's own colour palette. The pictures looks better with this option, but all outside the window of Netscape looks strange. This is because the positions of the colours in the palette of Netscape are at different positions than the colours of the other programs and there can be only one colour palette be active at the same time.

Version 4.0b2

A few bugs in Netscape 4.0 makes the program crash suddenly without any warnings or error messages. Playing Java applets is extremly buggy. Best you can do is disable Java at all.

If you start Netscape with the parameter -install (look at version 3.0), it happens more often that Netscape disappear suddenly. All you must do is clicking on a menu or open a page with animated pictures on it and Netscape crashes. I hope that this is solved when the final release is out.

Printing functions works only if there are no frames, no animated pictures and no maps on the page. Otherwise Netscape produces only a postscript header without a body what results in an empty page. This happens, regardless if you print directly to lpr or to a file.

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Last updated on 03/23/1997