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Re: [Bug-gnuzilla] Trouble running gnuzilla makeicecat script. Need help

From: jc_gargma
Subject: Re: [Bug-gnuzilla] Trouble running gnuzilla makeicecat script. Need help and direction
Date: Tue, 25 Apr 2017 15:02:50 -0700

I'll try to explain the build process as far as I've gathered examining the 

The makeicecat script doesn't make IceCat directly. It obtains and modifies 
FireFox ESR source code, and converts it into IceCat source code. This 
converted source code is what is posted to the GNU ftp server on each release.
If you intend to build the most recently released version, you can skip this 
step and use that pre-converted source instead. But if you want to make a more 
recent version than already exists, you'll have to update the makeicecat 

The gnuzilla/data/buildscripts/ folder contains the scripts and mozconfig 
files used to build compiler toolchains and produce binaries from the 
converted source code.

Keep in mind the scripts appear designed to work on Trisquel 7 x86_64 only.
Sufficed to say, compiling IceCat on anything other than Triqsuel 7 x86_64 
with GCC 4.8 will be an ordeal as the source appears to be very intolerant to 
lib version changes. Most guides for building IceCat are only good until the 
next pacman -Syu, and then they have to be modified again.

The only advice I can really give you is to open up the script files in a text 
editor, and use it like an instruction manual.


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