Resolver failure on VRPC on the Mac

Rob Kendrick rjek at netsurf-browser.org
Mon Apr 14 15:05:22 BST 2014


On Mon, Apr 14, 2014 at 02:48:27PM +0100, Tim Powys-Lybbe wrote:
> > 
> > I would be happy to try any diagnostics that might help pin this down.
> 
> And I offer the same.

Perhaps if there is an OS X box running VRPC at Wakefield, we'll be able
to look.  But my understanding is that VRPC uses an egregious hack for
its networking (proxying SWIs, where RPCemu provides an emulated NIC
that the host routers), which could cause all sorts of excitement given
NetSurf does its own resolving, and uses the environment variable that
tells it which server to use, which may not exist or may change if
NetSurf queries it before the networking on the OS X side has finished
connecting, or if there's some race in the VRPC hack.

Basically, there are hundreds of possibilities, and it's not going to be
easy to work it out without physical access.

Perhaps VirtualAcorn would be interested in loaning a copy of their
software to a developer with access to OS X?  (I don't.)

Alternatively, does anybody know if the same issues happens with RPCemu
under OS X?

B.



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