Script front ends
When you invoke netscape on some systems such as ours, you do not actually run the binary directly. /usr/local/bin/netscape, which is on most user's PATH, is actually just a symbolic link to /usr/local/netscape/netscape, which in turn is just a shell script, a front end to the binary:
$MOZILLA_HOME/netscape "$@"
The purpose of front ends such as this are: These advantages offset the slight penalty that applications start a bit slower.

Last update: 2001 January 11