Ubuntu stock 14.04 Firefox crashes on machines with NFS mounted file systems

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Ubuntu stock 14.04 Firefox crashes on machines with NFS mounted file systems

Robert Heller
We have 9 workstations, running Ubuntu 14.04, that are booted diskless using
drbl.  For the past few versions of Firefox, (since 58 0r 59) Firefox crashes
on startup.  It is basically not usable, even with a fresh profile.  FF
52.6.0ESR does work however.  Oh, Chrome and Chromium don't work either (never
have).  We have a pair of laptops that also have Ubuntu 14.04 on them, but
they are setup to use their own internal disks.  FF works on them.  It
*appears* to be some weirdness with NFS (I think), but I don't know what.  The
NFS server for /usr is a VM running Ubuntu 14.04, but the NFS server for /home
is running CentOS 6 (on the bare metal).

I have filed a bug report with the Mozilla people (and sent I don't know how
many "Crash Reports"):  https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1465604

This has become a *critical* problem and I cannot find any sort of good
solution.

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Re: Ubuntu stock 14.04 Firefox crashes on machines with NFS mounted file systems

Chris Green
On Wed, May 30, 2018 at 06:27:20PM -0400, Robert Heller wrote:
> We have 9 workstations, running Ubuntu 14.04, that are booted diskless using
> drbl.  For the past few versions of Firefox, (since 58 0r 59) Firefox crashes
> on startup.

Have you tried running Firefox from the command line to see if there
are any useful/meaningful error messages?


>                  It is basically not usable, even with a fresh profile.  FF
> 52.6.0ESR does work however.

So is there any reason why you can't stay with 52.6?

Ubuntu 14.04 is not going to be supported for much longer is it?

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Re: Ubuntu stock 14.04 Firefox crashes on machines with NFS mounted file systems

Robert Heller
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At Thu, 31 May 2018 10:27:00 -0400 (EDT) Robert Heller <[hidden email]> wrote:

>
> At Wed, 30 May 2018 18:27:20 -0400 (EDT) "Ubuntu user technical support,  not for general discussions" <[hidden email]> wrote:
>
> >
> > We have 9 workstations, running Ubuntu 14.04, that are booted diskless using
> > drbl.  For the past few versions of Firefox, (since 58 0r 59) Firefox crashes
> > on startup.  It is basically not usable, even with a fresh profile.  FF
> > 52.6.0ESR does work however.  Oh, Chrome and Chromium don't work either (never
> > have).  We have a pair of laptops that also have Ubuntu 14.04 on them, but
> > they are setup to use their own internal disks.  FF works on them.  It
> > *appears* to be some weirdness with NFS (I think), but I don't know what.  The
> > NFS server for /usr is a VM running Ubuntu 14.04, but the NFS server for /home
> > is running CentOS 6 (on the bare metal).
> >
> > I have filed a bug report with the Mozilla people (and sent I don't know how
> > many "Crash Reports"):  https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1465604
> >
> > This has become a *critical* problem and I cannot find any sort of good
> > solution.
>
> OK, I have totally confirmed things: Firefox 60.1 and Chromium both fail to
> work properly (either totally crash or have a "tab" crash) on workstations
> booted over the network (PXEBOOT) and with NFS mounted file systems.  On the
> *same* physical machines, when booting from their local disks (same version of
> Ubuntu: 14.04), everything works just fine.  It is obvious not hardware.  I am
> not sure what to make of this problem.  

OK, a NFS /home partition is not the problem. I set the machines up to boot
locally, but mount /home via NFS. Things are working this way. This pretty
much means something is screwy with the root file system created by DRBL
(having /usr NFS readonly mounted is unlikely to be causing problems). The
weirdness is that no other applications have any problem with the DRBL created
root (and /etc and /var) filesystem, only the *various* web browsers.

>
> >
>

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