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slow netscape startup fixed...

Kevin Lawton wrote:
> Ron Peterson wrote:
> >
> > When my laptop is disconnected from the network, Netscape is extremely
> > slow to load the default homepage.  It starts o.k., and eventually
> > (several minutes later) loads the homepage.  I've tried making my
> > homepage a local file://blahblah and using web page served up by Apache
> > running locally.  I've tried turning named on and off.  I have my
> > virtual hostname listed in /etc/hosts, and host.conf reads hosts,bind.
> > resolv.conf list three nameservers: this laptop, the caching nameserver
> > on my office lan, and my isp's.  Is Netscape tring to resolve root
> > nameservers or something?
> I went down this road before too.  Here's the scoop.
> Netscape insists on resolving the IP address of the news
> server.  There is no way to delete all the news servers
> from the preferences.  You have to have a default for some
> reason, even if you don't use it.
> Go to preferences, news servers, add one pointing it
> to 'localhost' (your machine), and push the 'make default'
> button or whatever it is to make that server the default.
> You can now delete the bogus default one that netscape
> put there for you (if you don't use news from netscape).
> Now your machine can resolve localhost via /etc/hosts
> rather than an DNS resolve packet going out the network
> port to your DNS server.
> And Netscape will fire right up.

Ahhh.  Worked!  Although I had to make localhost the *only* newsgroup
server, not just the default server.  So now I have to decide which is
more inconvenient, slow startups, or adding/deleting news servers.

Thanks everyone.

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