Forum OpenACS Q&A: NN/IE page loading errors
I've recently installed OpenACS 3.2.5, AOLserver 3.4, and PostgreSQL
7.1.3 on a Redhat 7.0 machine. The installation process seems to
have gone well but I cannot access the pages successfully.
I can access them fine using Lynx and older versions of Netscape
(4.71 on a Linux system). But I cannot access the pages from Windows
2000 with Netscape 6 and Internet Explore 5.50. NN and IE just make
repeated requests to the server. Both have cookies enabled. Opera 5
on my Windows machines returns a redirection page redirecting to the
page I asked for.
Running aolserver on the sample config file produces correct
operation so it seems to be an OpenACS issue.
I'm perplexed at the different responses of different browsers. Does
anyone know what I've misconfigured? Has anyone seen this before?
The default settings of OpenACS have a primary server name and if
that name is not used the site will redirect to it.
It's possible that your Linux machine knows the name the server
considers to be its name while the Windows 2000 machine does not.
Watch the status bar at the bottom of IE to see what name is being
tried. Then make sure that Windows 2000 can resolve that name or
change the hostname in the nsd.tcl file to something that can be
resolved by Win2k
Alternately, I think that the nsd.tcl needs a comment describing AOLserver's desire to redirect any requests to whatever hostname is. AOLserver's behavior in the presence of an incorrectly set hostname is funky enough that it isn't obvious what needs to be fixed, only that SOMETHING is broken.
I tried to fix it by commenting out the hostname variable in nsd.tcl, leaving only the IP, but things did not improve until the hostname went live.