Firefox 3 and 4 with NFS home directory

Devin Teske dteske at
Mon Jun 20 19:55:05 UTC 2011

Hi All,

I've established already that firefox35 from ports has severe bugs when $HOME is
an NFS-share (problem appears to be the "Places" SQL-Lite database in the user's
profile within their home directory).

A fairly good breakdown of the problem can be read here:

NOTE: The above dissection of the NFS issues was posted April 15, 2009 in
relation to Firefox-3.0.x, however remains relevant to Firefox-3.5.x.

I'm wondering if anyone has been able to test Firefox 4 on NFS $HOME.

The types of issues that we ran into with Firefox 3 on NFS $HOME are:

1. URL Address bar doesn't work (keyboard input entirely ignored)
2. Bookmarks menu doesn't work
3. Going to File->Open causes app to crash

I would try this myself, but /usr/ports/www/firefox (firefox-4.0.1,1) doesn't
want to compile for me (see ).

If the above issues that are related to having $HOME be an NFS-mount have been
resolved in Firefox 4, then I'll try to work through the compiler issues that
I'm getting on FreeBSD-8.1 -- otherwise, if someone can confirm that Firefox 4
is still having issues, we won't waste our time.
Devin Teske

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