[webkit-dev] Building the windows cairo port of webkit with MINGW compiler

Alexander Vassilev avasilev at voipgate.com
Sun Jan 18 16:20:59 PST 2009

Hello Brent,

I have just reached the point where I started compiling sources (I made
my own simple Makefile-based build system). The problem I have hit now
is that the code still depends on CoreFoundation. I  noticed at the
beginning that in the config.h, when setting the proper platform flags,
WTF_PLATFORM_CF is still enabled. The error I hit is that a CF header
file is missing:
CoreFoundation/CoreFoundation.h: No such file or directory". Checking
the inclusion chain I saw that exactly WTF_PLATFORM_CF causes the
inclusion. From the code it seems to me that the dependency on CF is
quite at the base level, i.e. a smart pointer class. Therefore I come to
the conclusion that the CF dependency cannot be avoided. How does this
correspond with licensing issues - as far as I understand the Cairo port
aims to free the user of proprietary licenses. Also there is the problem
I mentioned before - CF lib comes in .lib format and is not usable for
MINGW. I found references to a CFLite project which is udner an open
license. Is that the project that is intended to be used here?

Best regards

Brent Fulgham wrote:
> I have never tried building with mingw, but I think at least the
> QuickTime issue is easily avoided using the patch on
> "http://bugs.webkit.org/show_bug.cgi?id=17484
> ."  This patch removes the video support, since the Quicktime stuff is
> not redustributable.
> Hopefully this will get you past this hurdle and on to the next problem!
> -Brent
> Sent from my iPhone
> On Jan 17, 2009, at 8:30 AM, Alexander Vassilev
> <avasilev at voipgate.com> wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> I am interested in building the windows cairo port of webkit with the
>> MINGW compiler. I see in the build instructions that it still
>> depends on
>> the quicktime SDK, which has its libraries in binary .lib form and
>> thus
>> are usable only for MSVC. Is it possible to exclude these
>> dependencies,
>> and generally how hard would it be to port to MINGW?
>> Thanks in advance
>> Alex
>> <avasilev.vcf>
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