[blfs-support] Building Thunderbird

Dan McGhee beesnees at grm.net
Thu Dec 5 11:22:25 PST 2013

On 12/05/2013 01:20 PM, Armin K. wrote:
> On 5.12.2013 18:31, Dan McGhee wrote:
>> The first thing is that the build bailed out on me because I didn't have
>> gstreamer installed.  That's not listed in any of the dependencies.
>> I just wanted to get a working Thunderbird so that I wouldn't have to
>> keep rebooting to get to my e-mail.  I have it, but I want it built with
>> all the system dependencies and right now it's not.  My troubles with
>> NSS are documented in another thread.
>> But I'm going to build it again, which leads to my next observation.
>> In preparing for Firefox, the book, BLFS SVN, gives the procedure for
>> linking it agains XULrunner.  (And I hope this isn't a mis-print, but
>> that the build time for Firefox drops from 55 to .3 SBU's.
>> Fantastic.).  The page for Thunderbird says nothing about XULrunner.
>> I'm just making the assumption, and I would like someone to verify it,
>> that since Thunderbird also employs the gekko-engine it will also link
>> against XULrunner.  Is this correct?
>> I want to minimize the number of 50+ SBU builds. :-)
>> Thanks,
>> Dan
> You can't link thunderbird to an external version of xulrunner. First of
> all, versions differ and second, I believe thunderbird uses some custom
> modifications or addition to the engine itself.
Thanks, Armin. You saved me 55 SBU's. :-)


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