Recent versions of Firefox not working properly under Linux (Ubuntu 14.04) when $HOME is a NFS mounted file system
I am managing a group of network booted Ubuntu 14.04 workstations at a small town (public) library and the current version of Firefox for Ubuntu 14.04 crashes. The machine have all of the file systems NFS mounted. Installing an older version (Firefox 52.6.0 ESR) works however. The new version of Firefox works just fine on the pair library owned laptops, that also run Ubuntu 14.04, but the laptops are self-contained -- they boot off their local disks. Why is this? I have pretty much determined that the only definable issue is that the network booted machines are using NFS for their file systems. No, the workstations are not sharing logins -- each machine auto-logins to a *different* user, each with their own *separate* $HOME directory and they are *not* trying to share firefox configuration trees ($HOME/.mozilla/firefox/...). But all of these directories are NFS mounted. Oh, the server for the /home file system is running CentOS 6.
Additional System Details
Add-ons: firefox%40getpocket.com:1.0.5,aushelper%40mozilla.org:2.0,webcompat%40mozilla.org:1.1,followonsearch%40mozilla.com:0.9.6,shield-recipe-client%40mozilla.org:80,onboarding%40mozilla.org:1.0,activity-stream%40mozilla.org:2018.02.17.0026-173e2795,screenshots%40mozilla.org:25.0.0,formautofill%40mozilla.org:1.0,langpack-en-ZA%40firefox.mozilla.org:59.0,langpack-en-GB%40firefox.mozilla.org:59.0,%7B972ce4c6-7e08-4474-a285-3208198ce6fd%7D:59.0 BuildID: 20180313132902 ContentSandboxCapabilities: 119 ContentSandboxCapable: 1 ContentSandboxLevel: 3 CrashTime: 1521311459 DOMIPCEnabled: 1 EMCheckCompatibility: true Email: email@example.com FramePoisonBase: 9223372036600930304 FramePoisonSize: 4096 InstallTime: 1521311379 Notes: Ubuntu 14.04.5 LTSFP(D00-L1000-W00000000-T000) OpenGL: Intel Open Source Technology Center -- Mesa DRI Intel(R) Q45/Q43 -- 2.1 Mesa 10.1.3 -- texture_from_pixmap
- User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Linux x86_64; rv:52.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/52.0
You may want to rethink deployment of ESR as June is the last month for it. You should be investigating this : Firefox Quantum for Enterprise https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/enterprise/
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