Note: Starting in Gecko 9.0,
atlbase.h is no longer needed, since support for ActiveX has been removed.
This page is linked from the build system. Do not remove it without making sure it links to useful information for building Firefox 3.
atlbase.h is a header file which is provided by the Microsoft Active Template Library.
The error "System header atlbase.h is not available" indicates that you do not have a copy of ATL in your INCLUDE directory. There are several ways you can solve this problem:
Use the Professional Version of Microsoft Visual C++
The professional version of Microsoft Visual C++ comes with ATL headers.
Use the Windows 2003 SDK
The Windows 2003 SDK is a free download and is the last version of the Windows SDK to come with ATL headers.
NOTE: The Windows 2008 SDK, which the 2003 SDK page points you to, doesn't have the ATL headers.
You should restart
start-msvcX.bat after installing the Windows 2003 SDK.
atlbase.hcannot be found and you have installed Visual Studio 10 Express together with the platform SDK, you may have to delete a registry entry so that
guess-msvc.batdoesn't detect VC10 installed. The key is
Disable code that uses ATL
ATL is used by only a small portion of our codebase. You should be able to disable these features and do a build without ATL. To disable ATL, add the line below to the
.mozconfig file. On Windows XP, this may be located in
C:\Documents and Settings\(your user name). If the file does not exist, create it.
atlbase.has well, so you should not turn those on unless
atlthunk.libto the list of default libraries. The mozillabuild environment provides a compatible version of