X11 and QD name space conflicts as they apply to webkit2-gtk on snowleopard

Ken Cunningham ken.cunningham.webuse at gmail.com
Tue Aug 16 07:57:13 PDT 2016

Thanks, Dave

It seems as though Epiphany is a reasonable option to investigate for a snowleopard browser going forward (unless there is a better browser option I don't know about). So it appears worth the effort to try to get it functional on snowleopard. 

If Epiphany can build without X11, that seems a great option - probably the best option I think -- I appreciate your looking into that.

Meanwhile, I'll poke around in webkit2-gtk-devel source and see if there is a place to insert what I assume is Jeremy's QD sanitizing code from xserver.

Will open a ticket on the build attempt as you suggest as soon as there is something to post. At this moment, most of the many  dependencies for epiphany install cleanly on snowleopard with +quartz-x11 , leaving only the following two as residuals left to install, both of which however require gtk3 +x11


Thanks again,


On 2016-08-15, at 4:36 PM, David Evans wrote:

> On 8/15/16 3:15 PM, Ken Cunningham wrote:
>> I'm attempting to build Epiphany on SnowLeopard with libc++ installed, as Snow Leopard has no up-to-date browser options available any longer.

> Thanks for your report, Ken.  I suspect that you are one of first to try building webkit2-gtk with libc++ on SnowLeopard
> so it's not too unexpected to run into some problems.  Jeremy is really your best bet on advice in this area as he has
> more expertise on the webkit2-gtk internals at this point and he also is most familiar with the procedures for
> installing libc++ on the older platforms.  At this point, I no longer have access to a SL machine let
> alone one configured for libc++.
> If you really are serious about trying to come up with a patch for webkit2-gtk on your platform, then you probably would
> be best off to use the unstable version webkit2-gtk-devel as the code is constantly changing and a new stable
> version will be out around the time the GNOME-3 3.22 is released in mid September.  Looks like it needs updating so I'll
> try and push it to the latest unstable release as well.
> However, let me take a look at epiphany and see if there is a way to get it to build cleanly without X11.  As you say,
> gnome-desktop is X11 dependent but it may not be entirely necessary for a +quartz build.  That would at least get you
> running with a browser.
> As you proceed, please be sure to upload your latest build logs with issues to the appropriate ticket on trac so we can
> see exactly what you are.
> Hopefully, Jeremy will see this and respond with something more useful. Copying him for his information.
> Thanks for sticking with this.
> Dave

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