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    Configuring Build Options

    mozconfig vs. manual configure

    I think these instructions can be cleaned up and made to be much easier for new users. First off, can you explain what the real problem with simply doing:

    ./configure --enable-application=browser

    Second: the instructions say to "export MOZCONFIG=~/mozilla/mozconfig-firefox". If that is always the case, then it should just be defined as `pwd`/mozconfig-firefox then the instructions should just go away and replaced with instructions on how to set this to something else. Agreed? Thanks for your time, Jeff Carr 14:53, 27 December 2005 (PST)

    Manual configuration (without sourcing browser/config/mozconfig) does not work on older branches such as the aviary (Firefox/Thunderbird 1.0.x) branch.

    As explained in the instructions, the default location of mozconfig is the root of the source tree, or ~/.mozconfig if not present. You only need to set MOZCONFIG in your environment to override this default.

    --bsmedberg 13:32, 28 December 2005 (PST)

    fb in fb-opt-static

    What does the fb in fb-opt-static for Firefox mean? Doesn't ff-opt-static make more sense?


    It stood for "FireBird", probably a remnance from one of the original authors mozconfig's from back when s/he was working on Firebird (same app, just prior to new name). I have taken the liberty of correcting the article to read ff-opt-static now in its place, for clarity reasons, based on your suggestion. Thanks! --Callek 17:06, 16 February 2006 (PST)

    Which branch

    Which branch is this document targetted at? I see things that applied to 1.8 (Gtk (1)? Qt!?) but have no chance on trunk, and things that are trunk (libxul being default). I am attempting to try to use past tense for old information, but it would be nice if this is made clear. --Mook 00:00, 9 April 2008 (PDT)

    objdir edit

    The reason I made the edit was due to the fact that I had tried building in an objdir outside the 'mozilla' source folder, and I kept getting build errors.  Putting the objdir inside 'mozilla', and changing nothing else, resulted in a clean build.  --T-Mic

    location of objdir

    The page says "Be sure to put your objdir inside the 'mozilla' directory or else you will get a ton of weird build errors." Well, my objdir is not under mozilla but two levels above and I had no problems building a checkout from Comm-central. I took the option from an example on Comm-central_source_code_(Mercurial) that says

    echo 'mk_add_options MOZ_OBJDIR=@TOPSRCDIR@/../objdir-tb' >> .mozconfig

    So I guess either the example is wrong and I just had luck it works. Or the above warning is wrong or at least outdated. In any case one of the two texts should be changed. --robome 03 November 2008

    No /mozilla dir?

    As a new user I came here from Mozilla source code , and my /src directory doesn't have /mozilla, so I can't find out where to put the config file.

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