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Bug 226946 - trouble getting firefox to connect to web sites
Summary: trouble getting firefox to connect to web sites
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: firefox
Version: 6
Hardware: i686
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Christopher Aillon
QA Contact:
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2007-02-02 07:14 UTC by hal
Modified: 2018-04-11 10:48 UTC (History)
4 users (show)

Fixed In Version:
Doc Type: Bug Fix
Doc Text:
Clone Of:
Last Closed: 2008-01-15 14:40:27 UTC

Attachments (Terms of Use)
NYTimes website opened in Firefox (deleted)
2007-02-05 11:36 UTC, Matěj Cepl
no flags Details

Description hal 2007-02-02 07:14:02 UTC
Description of problem: Ever since upgrading to FC6 from FC5 I've had problems
getting firefox to reliably connect to well-known web sites including,,, and others.  Occasionally
things work fine, but most of the time the message "contacting <sitename>"
appears in the status bar, then the connection attempt times out after several

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable): fc6, latest
updates as of 2/1/07, Firefox

How reproducible: Over the last several days, all the time.  Firefox has been
basically useless.  Command-line ftp and system updates do work.  The hardware
and web connection also do not appear to be the problem.  When the same machine
is booted into Windows XP, firefox works fine there.

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Launch firefox
2. Try to go to some well-known web sites by typing in URLs.
Actual results: fails to connect

Expected results: regular web connections

Additional info:

Comment 1 Matěj Cepl 2007-02-05 11:35:00 UTC
This has to be problem somewhere else than in Firefox (probably configuration
problem). Certainly, that firefox works for me pretty well. Closing this bug as
WORKSFORME. Reporter, if you find anything more specific about this feel free to
reopen this bug with additional informations.

Comment 2 Matěj Cepl 2007-02-05 11:36:26 UTC
Created attachment 147347 [details]
NYTimes website opened in Firefox

Comment 3 Matěj Cepl 2007-02-05 11:44:48 UTC
Do you have PANGO switched off (it is switched on per default, so if you haven't
done anything to switch it off, it is on)? If yes, then this bug may be
duplicate of bug 227257.

Comment 4 hal 2007-02-06 17:23:10 UTC
No, I have not done anything to switch PANGO on or off - I don't even know what it is.

The only somewhat non-standard thing I've done is to innstall Adobe's current flash plugin.

Closing this as "worksforme" is something of an insult - it may work from your location, but it doesn't 
work reliably from mine (in fact it is still reproducably broken).  I have no idea if firefox is to blame and in 
fact don't care what is wrong - I want to get it fixed.  It could easily be that something is timing out 
somewhere in the web/tcp/ip stack or that I'm dealing with a flaky dsl or dns connection or something 
else, but it only fails when firefox is involved.  And it doesn't work.  Suggestions for how to diagnose the 
problem would be more useful.

Comment 5 Matěj Cepl 2007-02-06 22:11:03 UTC
Could you give me the output of this command, please?

gconftool-2 -R /system/http_proxy

Comment 6 hal 2007-02-07 06:09:56 UTC
Here's the output from gconftool-2 -R /system/http_proxy:

 use_http_proxy = false
 use_authentication = false
 host =
 authentication_user =
 ignore_hosts = [localhost,]
 authentication_password =
 port = 8080

Comment 7 Matěj Cepl 2007-12-10 09:25:00 UTC
Fedora Core 6 is no longer supported, could you please reproduce this with the
updated version of the currently supported distribution (Fedora 7, 8, or
Rawhide)? If this issue turns out to still be reproducible, please let us know
in this bug report. If after a month's time we have not heard back from you, we
will have to close this bug as CANTFIX.

Setting status to NEEDINFO, and awaiting information from the reporter.

[This is mass-filed message to all open Fedora Core 6 bugs related to Xorg or
Gecko. If you see any other reason, why this bug shouldn't be closed, please,
comment on it here.]

Comment 8 Matěj Cepl 2008-01-15 14:40:27 UTC
Since there are insufficient details provided in this report for us to
investigate the issue further, and we have not received feedback to the
information we have requested above, we will assume the problem was not
reproducible, or has been fixed in one of the updates we have released for the
reporter's distribution.

Users who have experienced this problem are encouraged to upgrade to the latest
update of their distribution, and if this issue turns out to still be
reproducible in the latest update, please reopen this bug with additional


{This is mass-closing of all obsolete bugs; if this bug was in your opinion
closed by mistake, please, reopen it with additional information; thanks a lot
and I am sorry for bothering you in such case.}

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