Installing build tools
Before I can build Firefox i needed to install some build tools. To guide me through the process i used Mozilla’s Documentation. To get started you need Xcode and MacPorts, if you need help installing these visit my post on Installing Git on Mac OS.
To install the build tools run these two commands in your terminal:
- sudo port sync
- sudo port install mercurial libidl autoconf213
- Get the source form mozilla: hg clone http://hg.mozilla.org/mozilla-central/
- switch directories: cd mozilla-central
Update with Audio Patch
Due to the fact that the audio data api is brand new it is always changing and therefore the version numbers and patch links I am providing may be outdated visit the audio api wiki to check for updates.
- hg update -r 6d517fe3d7ae (use 683dfdc4adf0 if wiki has not been updated post May 14)
- get a patch and save it on your computer: patch -p1 < pathToaudio11h.diff
Making Config file
Type the following commands in the terminal. Make sure all ‘ and ” are correct. For more information and if you are not running Mac OS 10.6 visit Build Prerequisites.
- let’s build Firefox: echo ‘. $topsrcdir/browser/config/mozconfig’ > mozconfig
- …in this directory: echo ‘mk_add_options MOZ_OBJDIR=@TOPSRCDIR@/objdir-ff-release’ >> mozconfig
- echo ‘mk_add_options MOZ_MAKE_FLAGS=”-s -j4″‘ >> mozconfig
- echo ‘ac_add_options –with-macos-sdk=/Developer/SDKs/MacOSX10.6.sdk’ >> mozconfig
- make -f client.mk
Make a Package
- cd objdir-ff-release
- make package
Run The Browser
You are now ready to run the browser. If you have other versions of Firefox installed you will need to make a new profile.
- mozilla-central/objdir-ff-release/dist/Minefield.app/Contents/MacOS/firefox-bin -no-remote -profilemanager