1. Using netscape to read docs.html
First, some background for my question:
Much documentation is now provided in html format (often, sadly,
instead of, rather than in addition to, a man page) and so some
browser is needed to read it.
(Aside: There's an excellent editorial in the October, 1997 issue
of _Unix Review_, p5. I fully agree with the part about
Not all of us have a full-time network connection. Some of us even
pay for connect time.
Is there any way to run netscape so that it doesn't trigger dialing
under ppp -auto when all I want to do is to run it on a local file?
E.g. "netscape file://localhost/...." doesn't seem to simply go to
the local file, it triggers ppp to dial my ISP. Lynx doesn't do
that, but if the documentation includes any images, that isn't a
very good alternative, is it? Aside from the fact that it creates
an unnecessary connection and ties my phone up for a short while
unnecessarily, it is a nuisance because it delays viewing the
I'm running Netscape Gold 3.01/U.S. under FreeBSD 2.1.5 and, of
course, XFree86--whatever version came with 2.1.5.
I have no idea if netscape 4.x does the same thing--I haven't had
time to figure out what to do about (as I recall) all of the shared
libraries that it can't find.
And, yes, I've tried running "netscape -help" and didn't find
anything useful (except how to find which version I'm running).
I don't think that I've ever found anything useful in netscape's
on-line documentation. But then that's even more of the same,
isn't it? Ties up my phone, runs up my connect-time bill, etc.
So I'm afraid that I haven't the patience to spend a lot of time
trying to decipher the layout of their help pages.
One must wonder if netscape (and others) get kick-backs from
all of the ISPs in the world for inflating their connect-time
Oh--incidentally: In case anyone else hates verbose option flags
(e.g. netscape -version) as much as I do, I did find by experiment
that it will also accept netscape -v and netscape -h. I haven't
tried anything else.
Thanks in advance for any help. I hope I can keep up with the
newsgroup enough to find any responses.
Charlie "Older than dirt" Sorsby Los Alamos, NM "I'm the NRA!"
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