Wine Gecko 1.8-beta1

Jacek Caban jacek at
Sat Sep 1 06:38:29 CDT 2012

Hi all,

It's time for another Gecko update. I've uploaded to SourceForge [1] new
Gecko builds. These are based on Firefox 16 beta. Other than tons of
changes inherited from Firefox and usual fixes to keep it working well
for us, it brings a few visible fixes:

- Proper <noscript> tag handling
- Synchronous ActiveX loading
- Possibility to properly call APIs requiring JSContext
- Possibility to implement HTMLStyleElement::styleSheet property

As usually, to test it you need the attached patch and Gecko build
placed in the right place [2]. Any help with testing is appreciated!

On related note, I seriously consider dropping debug builds and replace
them by unstripped release build or even just a separated package
containing only debug symbols for the release build. Here are my
thoughts about reasoning (in random order):

- People use debug build mostly to retrieve better backtraces.
Unstripped builds also give that ability.
- If someone really needs debug build, it's easy enough to build it
himself (and that's usually a good idea anyway)
- Debug builds are seriously different than release build, so it
occasionally exposes different set of problems, leading to invalid
assumptions. This is really something for developers rather than users.
- It costs my time spent builds and tests. And I consider it a serious
matter. Amount of work needed to keep Gecko relevant is constantly
growing. I try to mitigate it by doing long-term improvements upstream,
automating the process and improving my hardware, but that has its
limits. And the time spent on Gecko maintenance (as in pure maintenance,
not real improvements) costs Wine in terms of improvements I could make
in this time.

If someone has a reason to keep debug builds, let me know. Any comments
are welcomed.



PS: This is a second resend. For some reason this mail didn't make to
wine-devel yesterday.
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