[webkit-help] new to building on NetBSD

Ryosuke Niwa rniwa at webkit.org
Mon Nov 19 11:10:34 PST 2012

On Mon, Nov 19, 2012 at 11:00 AM, Tim Larson <Tim.Larson at proxibid.com>wrote:

>  Hi! I'm new to Webkit. I am using NetBSD as my development platform.
> What I'm trying to do, which I thought would be fairly simple, is just
> build Webkit as a shared library, so that I can experiment with all the
> different front-ends using the same engine. I have updated all scripts to
> have the correct path to perl on my system.
> When I run the build-webkit script, it finishes in 0:00 and doesn't seem
> to do a thing. Stepping through the script in the debugger, it appears that
> I have to specify a port.  The building/build.html page does not make this
> clear at all. Maybe build-webkit could throw a message if none of the port
> options are supplied.

That sounds sensible thing to do.

 Having it set this way makes me question whether what I am trying to do is
> even possible, however. Forcing selection of a specific port seems to
> discourage it.

WebKit isn't designed to be a standard alone library that can be built on
any system. By design, one has to create a "port" that supplies OS-specific
bits and pieces in Source/WebCore/platform and Source/WebKit. If one of
existing ports build on FreeBSD, then that's great but I'm not certain if
any of them will.

- R. Niwa
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