Re: X Installation
> > Did you have a coprocessor, and did you have xfs running?
> yes, I had a coprocessor.
> I believe you are referring to 'xdm', not xfs. i had xdm running as
> well. xfs (dos-based nfs client) was running on my 286, while pcnfsd
> nfsd and mountd were running on my 386.
Nope, I mean xfs, the font server. X renders fonts for itself unless
it's using one. The lines
in /etc/X11/config will cause it to be started. I know xdm uses it if
also started here, and I presume that startx does as well. However,
with macbsd, i had to include the port number for xfs (i forget) as
start of the launch.
If you're on a slow machine, i'd strongly suggest xfs. it made my life
> netscape took between 8 and
> 15 minutes to load,
That smacks of rendering fonts. Change the fonts, or even remove the
postscript fonts from your system.
>and as soon as I landed on a page with too much
> animation (animated gifs or java scripts, it didn't matter), netscape
> would lock up my whole machine. i used every trick in the book to
> kill netscape and/or get back into the machine with another console or
> another terminal... but even my serial-line terminal was locked up, so
> I know that there was no way back in. BTW, only 70% of my virtual
> memory was occupied when it crashed. if you have any suggestions that
> I have not thought of yet, i am willing to try them >:-)
hmm. I usually run around with auto-load-images and all java off, no
matter how fast a machine i'm using. And I'd love a way to only let
gifs flash once, like i could on the mac (macos, not macbsd. the
filter worked differently than junkbuster).
One other idea: a quick & dirty script to kill netscape after a few
minutes unless another file is updated. Then leave it on overnight
after a crash to make sure it really crashed.