It has come as quite a surprise to discover that the "host not found" dialog box acts as a modal dialog, i.e. it disallows further action until you click "OK". This is a big problem because failure to resolve a host in one Mozilla window effectively paralyses all the other browser windows. To repeat: open two mozilla windows. Open google in one of them and http://nosuchdomain.com/ in the other. After some time, you will get the dialog box saying that "nosuchdomain.com" was not found. When that happens, try conducting a google search or following a link before clicking the "OK" button on the dialog. This bug is especially nasty in window manager settings where the dialog window is automatically placed in the same workplace with the "offending" browser window. In that case, the user may witness Mozilla go catatonic without a discernable cause. Only after finding the appropriate dialog and clicking "OK" can the user continue the work. Besides the inconvenience factor, I'm not sure what kind of policy Mozilla implements on modal dialogs. Most Mozilla dialogs under X do not appear to be modal, including Preferences. Unless there are technical reasons I am not aware of, I believe there is no good reason for "host not found" dialog to be modal.
Reporter: Thanks for this bug report ! But please add in the future in all bug reports the build ID. *** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 74331 ***
Status: UNCONFIRMED → RESOLVED
Last Resolved: 18 years ago
Resolution: --- → DUPLICATE
Status: RESOLVED → VERIFIED
Component: Browser-General → Networking: HTTP
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