[CentOS] firefox 18
james-p at moving-picture.com
Wed Jan 23 15:36:16 UTC 2013
fred smith wrote:
>>In case anyone is interested, I managed to rebuild firefox 18.0.1 on
>>CentOS 5 (i686) without too many problems
>>It appears to run fine on CentOS 5
>>If anyone wants to know the details, then let me know
> I've been thinking of trying to build it here, but haven't had time and
> energy, both at the same time, to try it. I have built firefox before,
> but not for several years, so it's probably changed since then.
> But, yes, I'd like to see the gory details.
Ok - this is what I did:
You need a more recent gcc/g++ - the latest gcc44 and g++44 that comes
with CentOS 5 appears to work fine - so install these:
sudo yum install gcc44 g++44
You might need to install various other devel RPMS - the page at
gives an idea of what may be needed - the doc is for building 32 bit
firefox on a fedora17 64 bit box - but gives some clues as to what else
may be needed ...
The build process also needs python 2.6 - I happened to to have a local
build of python 2.6, so I used that. But I believe python26 can be
installed from other repos
Download and extract the firefox source from
In the top level mozilla-release directory, create the file "mozconfig"
containing something like:
ac_add_options --enable-update-channel=release --enable-update-packaging
--enable-official-branding --enable-stdcxx-compat --disable-gio
You may also need to add the line (something like):
i.e. the name/path of your python 2.6 binary
Note: the ac_add_options line is based on what is given via
about:buildconfig when running a mozilla.org firefox 18 release - I
removed the '--enable-warnings-as-errors' flag and added '--disable-gio'
- as CentOS 5 doesn't have GIO support (???)
Then build by running:
make -f client.mk
Go and have a coffee or two
If all is OK, then do:
The bzip2'd tar archive will then be in the dist subdirectory
The above worked for me ...
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