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System Headers

In the Mozilla codebase, the compiler, at least recent version of gcc, is set to default to hidden symbols, in order to avoid a some problems.

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For this reason any system header included in the build has to be wrapped to make the symbols it defines visible. These so called system headers are listed in <tt>mozilla/config/system-headers</tt>

The main symptom of the problem is if you get a message like this at link time:

/usr/lib/gcc/i586-suse-linux/4.3/../../../../i586-suse-linux/bin/ld: hidden symbol `gtk_tree_view_new' isn't defined

This means that the header that declares <tt>gtk_tree_view_new()</tt>, <tt>gtk/gtktreeview.h</tt> in this case, is not in <tt>mozilla/config/system-headers</tt>.

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