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proclus' mozilla build instructions for Darwin



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  • Warning, these instructions are incomplete, and out of date! They are here for archival purposes.
  • First, you need the mozilla sources. Just grab the latest nightly build.
  • Next, you will need to configure the build. After untaring the sources, change to the mozilla directory and type "./configure powerpc-apple-freebsd" After configuring, type "make". Other configurations are possible.
  • You will find that you need a Darwin.mk file. Here is the one I've been using. It goes in mozilla/nsprpub/config, where you can compare it to the Freebsd.mk and the Rhapsody.mk.
  • Copy mozilla/nsprpub/pr/include/md/_rhapsody.cfg to mozilla/nsprpub/pr/include/md/_darwin.cfg, and add the following lines to mozilla/nsprpub/pr/include/md/ Makefile;

    ifeq ($(OS_ARCH),Darwin)
    MDCPUCFG_H = _darwin.cfg
    endif
  • cd mozilla/nsprpub and make. If you run into problems, you may need to update your system include files via CVS. You may also have to grab a few things, like sys/sem.h from the web.
  • If you can make in mozilla/nsprpub, you have a good chance of finishing. cd mozilla and make!


  • Some problems I encountered
  • In the configuration I have described above, some functions are duplicated and the dynamic loader will not tolerate this.
  • In the thread emulation code, two jump functions are prototyped as voids, and default to int. This is appears to be incompatible with the compiler, which requires an enum. (Is this a bug in the compiler?).
  • No mozilla for darwin yet. If you are able to compile mozilla for darwin, you should consult the Mozilla Distribution Instructions.


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