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Re: Mozilla/Mozilla Firefox problems on Sid RESOLVED

On Fri, Jul 30, 2004 at 10:17:37AM -0500, James Miller wrote:
> On Fri, 30 Jul 2004, JMS wrote:
> > It certainly shouldn't segfault - that's a pretty serious problem.  What
> > architecture is this on?
> >
> > You might try setting up a new user and seeing if it runs better then.
> Thanks for your reply, Jonathan.  Someone contacted me offlist, saying
> they'd had a similar problem and that running the program through strace
> had revealed a fonts permission problem.  I then ran Mozilla through
> strace and, sure enough, right after a font permission problem is when the
> segfault occurred.  I had copied over some fonts from a Windows install,
> and had not set proper permissions on them.  Changing the fonts
> permissions to the correct mode made the browser run pretty much normally.
> So, the problem was resolved.  Don't know why I never had these problems
> on earlier versions of Mozilla: maybe they were more tolerant when
> requested fonts were not available and defaulted to some other font with
> the right permissions?  Anyway, for anyone having this problem, strace is
> a good way to find out where the problem area is.  Adjusting font
> permissions may well resolve it for you.

Going with your suggestion I did strace and it appears that firefox
crashes trying to access the .fon files that I brought along with the
.ttf files from my windows partition. After removing all the .fon files
everything works fine (strange, since it did work in earlier versions,
don't remember if 0.9-4 or 0.8 though)

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