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Ubuntu stock 14.04 Firefox crashes on machines with NFS mounted file systems


We have 9 workstations, running Ubuntu 14.04, that are booted diskless using 
drbl.  For the past few versions of Firefox, (since 58 0r 59) Firefox crashes 
on startup.  It is basically not usable, even with a fresh profile.  FF 
52.6.0ESR does work however.  Oh, Chrome and Chromium don't work either (never 
have).  We have a pair of laptops that also have Ubuntu 14.04 on them, but 
they are setup to use their own internal disks.  FF works on them.  It 
*appears* to be some weirdness with NFS (I think), but I don't know what.  The 
NFS server for /usr is a VM running Ubuntu 14.04, but the NFS server for /home 
is running CentOS 6 (on the bare metal).

I have filed a bug report with the Mozilla people (and sent I don't know how 
many "Crash Reports"):  https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1465604

This has become a *critical* problem and I cannot find any sort of good 
solution.

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