[webkit-dev] WebKit and Windows/Cygwin

Frank.Lautenbach at softechnics.com Frank.Lautenbach at softechnics.com
Thu Sep 11 11:39:03 PDT 2008

I can assure you I've spent quite a bit of time attempting to debug and
build. Again I'm following the instructions on
http://trac.webkit.org/wiki/BuildingQtOnWindows as instructed by other
responders to my post. 

There is a specific error that occurs prior to the build aborting. The
problem involves rcc.exe.

For example, I get an error like:

c:\Projects\qt-win-opensource-src-4.4.1=bin\rcc.exe: File does not exist

Note that the file does indeed exist in the correct path. I have search
on the internet for this type of error and have found posts on a couple
forums where people (like me) attempting to build under Windows have
seen this problem. Unfortunately, those posts are never answered.

Again, the reason I am trying to build the source is as part of some
research I am doing to see if WebKit is something we can use in the
development of a thin client for a new product we are developing.

I should also add that the build generates other errors later on in the
file ..\..\..\JavaScriptCore\wft\Assertions.h. It complains of
unexpected characters in certain macros formal parameter list.

I apologize if I appear to be beating a dead horse, but I was hoping if
I could at least build this stuff, I could begin digging into learning
how it works.


-----Original Message-----
From: webkit-dev-bounces at lists.webkit.org
[mailto:webkit-dev-bounces at lists.webkit.org] On Behalf Of Ariya Hidayat
Sent: Thursday, September 11, 2008 3:22 AM
To: webkit-dev at lists.webkit.org
Subject: Re: [webkit-dev] WebKit and Windows/Cygwin

> At this point, I am at a total loss as I have yet to be able to build
> anything.

Well, you got the error message. At the risk of pointing the obvious, I
say just trace the error message to find out where it fails.

> 	perl
> C:/cygwin/home/Administrator/WebKit/JavaScriptCore/pcre/dftables
> tmp\chartables.c --preprocessor="cl /E"
> Error in tempfile() using \tmp\dftables-XXXXXXXX.in: Parent directory
> (\tmp\) is not a directory at

Something is wrong with your Perl. What if you create the directory
manually first?

A side note: if you just want to give QtWebKit a try, why don't you use
4.4? It has WebKit integration already (no need to build it if you use
package). Refer to the following for details:

Best regards,

Ariya Hidayat (ariya.hidayat at trolltech.com)
Software Engineer, Trolltech (a Nokia company)
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