OOo2 Build Instructions Gimped

Jeremy Byron rjjbyron at
Tue Nov 29 21:25:06 PST 2005

DJ Lucas wrote:
> Yes this was reported today.  See this bug:
> I did the same with the mozilla tarball too.  Both will be fixed shortly.

Cool; no worries, just making sure you were aware of it.

>> There is no mention in the dependencies about Gnome-vfs but the build 
>> requires it unless --disable-gnome-vfs is added to the configure.
> Nor is GTK2 which I mistakenly thought IDL dragged in.  I'd not have 
> noticed this otherwise.  Thanks.

Me neither; I always have GTK2 built early on for firefox.

>> Under the latest SVNs, tcsh is gimped such that the bootstrap command 
>> fails unless you 'unset LS_COLORS'.
> This issue was fixed once before in tcsh-6.11 (2003).  I'm not sure what 
> the issue is here as I've not seen it and I do have LS_COLORS set in my 
> environment.  Can you explain possibly how to reproduce it?  What is 
> your LS_COLORS variable set to and what versions of tcsh?

Not sure what to suggest about how to reproduce it beyond 'install 
tcsh-6.14.00'.  At least this isn't specific to the building of OOo2 
though (I was kinda surprised to see it fail even on a 'tcsh --version' 

root at localhost:~# tcsh --version
Unknown colorls variable `su'.
root at localhost:~# echo $LS_COLORS
root at localhost:~# unset LS_COLORS
root at localhost:~# tcsh --version
tcsh 6.14.00 (Astron) 2005-03-25 (i386-intel-linux) options 

Probably built it with C{,XX}FLAGS='-O3 -march=athlon-fx -pipe' as most 
everything else (32bit).  Same effect if run as unprivileged user.

>> Using the instructions to swap in --with-system-mozilla (with an added 
>> --with-firefox) to use the firefox ldap, the build fails as before.  
>> Why isn't David's libsec patch in the book?  It seems retarded to 
>> build a full mozilla suite just to have an office suite, especially 
>> when a browser is already on the system.
> The patch description is in question.  The thunderbird bit does not work 
> just yet and should be removed.  Also, the firefox build will leave you 
> no chance to use a thunderbird address book as a data souce for mail 
> merge, which I've stalled in working on.  Feel free to submit an updated 
> patch in the interim if you'd like it in the book now and I'll get it 
> taken care of ASAP.  The appropriate text is already in SVN, it's just 
> commented out so it's not rendered.

Makes sense, though you don't mention Thunderbird in the build 
instructions and you do mention firefox as an alternative.  At least 
with the patch as it currently is, the build succeeds for firefox (you 
could perhaps make a note that the patch only works for firefox but has 
no thunderbird connectivity).  I doubt I'd ever need a link between 
office and thunderbird let alone office and firefox so that doesn't 
really concern me much - only a successful build.  I don't really have 
time to look into fixing the patch right now anyhow.

With the tweaks I mentioned above I did manage to get a successful build 
finally.  Thanks much for throwing some of your time at OOo2; it's a 
major improvement over the old 1.1.4 I was limited to.

Oh, and one more thing.. in the note about swapping in 
'--with-system-mozilla,' you might consider adding a '--with-firefox' 
suggestion for those with firefox rather than the mozilla suite.  I 
don't believe there's a similar option for thunderbird.


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