Tips for Netscape
Netscape Navigator / Communicator, in the version 4.x (particulary versions 4.7x) it is widely used in the Linux world. Mostly because it comes with any distribution, is the same program available for Windows or for MacOS and it is a no-brainer to use it for the newcomers to Linux. Latest available version is Netscape 6.1 PR1.
But not everything is wonderful.
Let's solve all this.
Search the package mozilla-fonts on our Linux CDs, or earch them on the web, for example at Rpm-Find.net. Install the package. Now, the next step goes through some Netscape configuration. Close the program (all of its windows), start Netscape, go to
Edit -> Preferences -> Appearance -> Fonts
Select the following fonts:
Those fonts are far better and bigger than the default fonts. Now, with a size 9 or 12 we will have a a nice size. Do some tests yourselves with the size, and set the size that works better with your screen-size and eye-sight.
(Useless) Buttons and useful Button
How many times have you used any of the buttons "Go to Shop@Netscape", "Show Security Information", "My Netscape"...? Exactly. Never or almost never. Here you have an easy way to delete those buttons and add a useful button: "Search in the Current Page"
Inorder to delete the buttons, you need o include in the file (hidden)
.Xdefaults (yes, the name has a dot
infront of the 'X'.) Copy from the following table the lines (in red) that relate to the button that you
want to delete. After doing that, run from a terminal the command:
To add a Button so useful as Find in the current web page, add the
following lines (in red) to the (hidden) file .Xdefaults
(yes, the name has a dot in front
of the 'X'name.) After doing that, run from a terminal the command:
If the blinking text (the HTML label<BLINK>) makes you
mad, just like me
and you want Netscape to not to show you blinking text, add the next
red) to the (hidden) text .Xdefaults yes, the name has a
dot in front of the 'X'.)
After doing that, run from a terminal the command:
Empty Disc Cache
Ever wondered why your directory $HOME keeps growing and growing? Aside e-mails, Netscape is partially guilty of this. The size of the disk cache is configured in: Edit -> Preferences -> Advanced -> Cache. Usually it is set to 5 MB. The problem is that every instance of the browser opens its own cache sub-directory. So you've got a growing amount of directories in .netscape/cachewhich are just below 5 MB. With the command Edit -> Preferences -> Advanced -> Cache -> Clear Disk Cache only clears the currently used directory. The other cache directories, keep full.
To cope with this, nothing like issuing the order (with Netscape closed) rm -rf /home/sinner/.netscape/cache/*, substiting "sinner" by the name of your usernamei, of course!. If you want to automate this process, you can do it with the order cron or with the file .profile.