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Firefox segfaulting on pages w/java applets

I am running Sarge with the stock Debian kernel 2.6.8-2-k7.

Until recently I was using Sun's j2re1.4.2_01, but I have recently installed jdk1.5.0_06, since I want to teach myself some java. I think that somewhere, something is confused over the version to use.

I have had Firefox simply die on me when going to some pages (I do not remember which ones at this time). I could access these pages with Opera with no problems. I could also switch to another VT, under my wife's login and access the same page with Firefox and have no problems. (My wife only recently started using a seperate logon, so it is possible that her account never used v1.4.2.)

I just tried to run the demo programs included with jdk1.5.0_06 and I had the same problem. I can run the applets under Opera in my account, and under Firefox in my wife's account, but NOT with Firefox in my own account.

If I start Firefox from an xterm I can see that it segfaults when it tries to access any of these demo HTML pages.

Can anyone give me a clue where to look to determine what is causing this problem?

Marc Shapiro

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