RFC: What to do with Mozilla

Arjan van Leeuwen avleeuwen at piwebs.com
Thu Oct 16 08:05:25 PDT 2003

On Thursday 16 October 2003 12:26, Philip Paeps wrote:
> On 2003-10-15 14:12:44 (-0400), Joe Marcus Clarke <marcus at FreeBSD.org> 
> > As some of you may be aware, Mozilla 1.5 was released today (along with
> > Firebird and Thunderbird updates which will be handled soon).  The
> > question is, what do we do with Mozilla 1.4.x?  Do you resurrect
> > mozilla-vendor to hold 1.4.x for a while, or do we just update
> > www/mozilla to 1.5, and say "to hell" with 1.4.x?  Note, 1.6a is due out
> > shortly as well, and mozilla-devel will be updated to that.
> Perhaps we should look at Mozilla more as a 'collection of things', much
> like GNOME than as simply several different unrelated things?
> We could make 'www/mozilla' build the browser-bits, with knobs for the user
> to say what browser they want:
>   WITH_MOZILLA_FB --> Mozilla Firebird
>   WITH_MOZILLA_14 --> Latest on the 1.4 branch
>   WITH_MOZILLA_15 --> Latest on the 1.5 branch
>   WITH_MOZILLA_16 --> Latest on the 1.6 branch
> Default would be 'the most stable', which currently would probably have to
> be the 1.4 branch.  So if a user were to compile www/mozilla or pkg_add it,
> he would get a stable browser, as expected.
> A nice way to sort out dependencies would be a USE_MOZILLA variable, much
> like the USE_GNOME variable for ports to say what bits or what version of
> Mozilla they want.  We could use pkgnamesuffixes to deal with different
> versions of Mozilla being installed (each in different places, of course)
> and a 'mozilla' symlink pointing to the binary the user expects to be his
> browser.

I don't really like this idea. Mozilla and Mozilla Firebird are clearly 
different programs, so they should have different ports. 

Furthermore, the versioning is inconsistent with other ports, and it would be 
far more difficult for people to search for the newest version of Mozilla (go 
to Freshports, search for Mozilla - you'll find Mozilla 1.4, because that's 
the default. Where is 1.5? Where is Firebird? Same with searching using make 


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