[webkit-gtk] How to use/build latest stable version of libwebkitgtk

Kris De Volder kdevolder at pivotal.io
Thu Dec 11 14:28:26 PST 2014

Lacking instructions on building the stable release I tried to follow the
instructions for building from git repo instead (unfortunately not sure how
to determine which commit corresponds to a particular release, there appear
to be no tags in the git repo).

So I was just trying to build 'master'.

When I do the 'updage libs' step, I get this:

kdvolder at lebun:~/git/WebKit$ Tools/Scripts/update-webkitgtk-libs
Updating GTK+ port dependencies using jhbuild...
Fetching origin
HEAD is now at c0cb461... Updated Spanish translation
WARNING: gnome-autogen.sh not available (usually part of package
WARNING: yelp-tools not available (usually part of package 'yelp-tools')
Configuring jhbuild without autotools
Now type `make' to compile jhbuild
make[1]: Entering directory
msgfmt -o ca.mo ca.po
make[1]: msgfmt: Command not found
make[1]: *** [ca.mo] Error 127
make[1]: Leaving directory
make: *** [install] Error 2
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "./jhbuild-wrapper", line 122, in <module>
  File "./jhbuild-wrapper", line 115, in ensure_jhbuild
  File "./jhbuild-wrapper", line 105, in install_jhbuild
    raise Exception('jhbuild configure failed with return code: %i' %
Exception: jhbuild configure failed with return code: 2
Running jhbuild-wrapper build failed.
Died at Tools/Scripts/update-webkitgtk-libs line 24.

Any ideas what's going wrong?

On Thu, Dec 11, 2014 at 12:01 PM, Kris De Volder <kdevolder at pivotal.io>

> Hi,
> I am following up on a bugreport here:
> https://bugs.eclipse.org/bugs/show_bug.cgi?id=454798
> They want me to try a newer version of libwebkitgtk. I found some
> instructions on building it here:
> http://trac.webkit.org/wiki/BuildingGtk
> But right at the top it says:
> *"These instructions are meant for use with the source code repository and
> are generally not suitable for building a release tarball.*"
> I haven't been able to find instructions for building the latest stable
> tarbal can someone please point me in the right direction? Or maybe I don't
> even need to compile from source?
> Thanks,
> Kris
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