[webkit-help] new to building on NetBSD

Tim Larson Tim.Larson at proxibid.com
Tue Nov 20 12:29:52 PST 2012

> Maybe we could give you better answers if we understood your goals.
> Generally, a new port is created when you want to target a novel
> environment, such as a different UI Toolkit (WinAPI vs. Cocoa vs. Gtk+
> vs. Qt vs. EFL vs, ???) or operating system (OS X vs. iOS vs. Linux vs.
> Windows vs. Symbian vs. Android vs. ???)

Really just curiosity. Based on comments so far, I probably am not ready to try creating a new port anyway. But the doco given (the aforementioned wiki page) doesn't really give enough information for a person to start trying to figure that out for himself.

Say I did want to port to e.g. FLTK, where would I start? Assuming I knew that, then I dig in, start hacking, and a couple days/weeks in realize "wow this is a lot bigger than I expected" or "golly that wasn't too bad". But as it is, there's a heck of a lot of research to do before one could even start hacking, which might in itself be a put-off. About all I get from the "successful port" page is "get JSC and WC building, most of the files are in WebCore/platform". I'd think there should be more there, like "at a minimum, this means providing X, Y, and Z functionality - you'll most likely want to start with implementing all the stubs in foo.c and go from there".

My experience in projects this size is pretty limited, so I don't know what exactly I was expecting/hoping to see, just the sense that it was more than what's there.


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