Thursday, September 20, 2007

Ted's visit

Learning from today's class with Ted Mielczarek:

- lots of successful builds, so things are getting easier
- the error that we are getting about directory names with spaces is an advancement over the past when it just failed for an unknown reason
- there's a bug right now with building on Vista, there's a work-around right now
- VM is a great way to test in different environments (I have VMware, just need to get it going)
- ac options are for autoconf whereas mk options are for make
- a reminder to use an object directory with builds
- why you can build mozilla without it - but it's easier with - it handles the MOZ_CO_PROJECT stuff
- looking at tinderbox - not everyone is using tinderbox...lots of people use buildbot so it would be great to get more of the mozilla stuff into buildbot
- there's work being done to get rid of autoconf - switch to python script instead
- talking about replacing make but not sure to what
- google-breakpad, a crash reporting system, integrated with mozilla
- demo of crashing, reporting the crash - bug reports (this is all still a little overwhelming)

And then a break.

- make -C
- mozconfig options for debugging:
ac_add_options --enable-debug (in optimizations)
- demo of searching code at

Final note - in order to do the Source server I apparently don't have to be stellar at C++, phew!

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