Firefox or what?

hw hw at
Mon Aug 12 20:11:13 UTC 2019

Steve O'Hara-Smith <steve at> writes:

> On Mon, 12 Aug 2019 17:37:54 +0200
> hw <hw at> wrote:
>> Hi,
>> does any of the Firefox versions that can be installed with pkg
>> actually work?
> 	Yes I've been using Firefox on FreeBSD for a very long time now,
> always installed from packages. Currently I'm running Firefox 68.01 on
> FreeBSD 12 with no problems at all.


>>  Firefix continues to freeze, crash, being unable to
>> remember its settings, 
> 	None of this.
>> to not show up at all when starting it other
>> than in the process list,
> 	Not sure what this means, I usually start it from a small script
> in .wmx (that's just how my window manager works) that just
> runs /usr/local/bin/firefox. Just typing firefox at a command prompt also
> works fine.

it means Firefox doesn't bring up a window or anything

>> and it usually can't be killed even with
>> kill -9.
> 	Never seen that, and my home directory is NFS mounted.

Guess what, it turned out that the broken NFS implementation of FreeBSD
is unable to handle file locks.  Apparently it is using some unexpected
ports --- I don't know which ones --- because it kinda worked when I
stopped firewalld on the NFS server.  That NFS server is serving the
same directories and others to other clients perfectly well with no
issues.  Then error messages showed up in /var/log/messages apparently
concerning file locks, leading me to a bug report about it.

At the end of the day, I decided to ditch FreeBSD for the server part
because its NFS implementation is unusable --- and who knows what other
issues may come up.  It's probably still fine for the clients because it
can be nicely PXE booted.

And now you say you got it to work with NFS.  How?  Neither v3, nor v4

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