[webkit-dev] WebKit and Windows/Cygwin

Frank.Lautenbach at softechnics.com Frank.Lautenbach at softechnics.com
Tue Sep 9 06:04:19 PDT 2008


I should add that the ultimate goal of my research is to try to
determine if we can use WebKit to build a client running on a Windows CE
device. I was told WebKit would provide a framework or skeleton for a
browser that we could customize to access peripherals on handheld
devices like barcode scanners, portable printers, magstripe readers. We
are currently trying to determine whether to go thin client or thick
client. There are commercial browsers available but they involve
licensing. The thought was that the open source WebKit would allow us to
write our own thin client.


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Frank.Lautenbach at softechnics.com
Sent: Tuesday, September 09, 2008 9:00 AM
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Subject: Re: [webkit-dev] WebKit and Windows/Cygwin

Hi Mark,

I'm following the instructions given on the WebKit website to checkout
and build the source:



Note that I am primarily Windows developer (with some Unix/Linux
experience) making a leap to the world of Web/Open Source here, so I'm
not that familiar with Qt, qmake, etc. I was given the task of
researching WebKit and decided to, minimally get the source, build it
and see what I come up with. The WebKit.org site is very inadequate in
regards to a good overview of WebKit, in my humble opinion, so I feel a
bit lost and frustrated at this time.


-----Original Message-----
From: Mark Rowe [mailto:mrowe at apple.com] 
Sent: Monday, September 08, 2008 10:08 PM
To: Lautenbach Frank SOFTECHNICS
Cc: webkit-dev at lists.webkit.org
Subject: Re: [webkit-dev] WebKit and Windows/Cygwin

On Sep 8, 2008, at 12:50 PM, Frank.Lautenbach at softechnics.com wrote:

> Hi Everyone,
> I'm new to WebKit, having been given the project of investigating  
> it's use in an upcoming project. I'm having problems getting the  
> source and building it. I'm attempting to build on a Windows  
> platform. I have all the tools specified on webkit.org. I was  
> finally able to checkout all the source, but the site says an update  
> should be done. When I perform the update-webkit command, it fails.  
> There's a long error message like "Can't locate HTTP/Date.pm in &INC  
> (&INC contains: ......) And then I get "Died at WebKit/WebKitTools/ 
> Scripts/update-webkit line 71.
> Note, the reason I did the update was because I tried to do the  
> build-webkit after I got the source but it fails. Basically, qmake  
> is not found in the /usr/bin cygnwin path, but in /usr/lib/qt3/bin.  
> After fixing the path, qmake still dies because it gets passed a "- 
> r" option which it complains as being an invalid option. I then  
> thought maybe the update would help.
> Does anyone have any thoughts?

Which port of WebKit are you trying to build?  The fact that you're  
seeing errors related to qmake suggest that you're trying to build the  
Qt port.  Is that the case?

- Mark

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