Mouse Lock Implementation FAQ

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This page is a catch-all for questions about the work to implement Mouse Lock. Ask or answer any questions below using the style already started. Questions relating to anything around this work are acceptable (development issues, build problems, source code questions, spec issues, etc.). Don't be afraid, just ask! Don't judge others, just answer!


Why are we using github instead of Mozilla's Mercurial repo?

So that we don't have to learn yet another version control system. We've already learned git and github, why switch now? Mozilla's Mercurial repo is mirrored on github, and our repo is a fork of this. The main github repo (e.g., gets updated regularly, so you can pull from it to keep your fork in sync.

How do I build Firefox?


What's the difference between a DEBUG and RELEASE build?

With a DEBUG build you can attach a debugger or use various logging and instrumentation in order to see how your source code works. A RELEASE build removes this, and optimizes your code.

How do I create a DEBUG build?

You need to add info to your .mozconfig file, see

ac_add_options --disable-optimize
ac_add_options --enable-debug

How do I get my build to go faster?

Use Linux if you can (faster I/O), use more RAM if you can. Make sure you enable parallel make jobs so you can take advantage of your CPU cores. In your .mozconfig, add a j value that is 2*cores+1 or at least 2:

mk_add_options MOZ_MAKE_FLAGS=-j5

How do I resolve the windows line ending error when trying to build FireFox?

For more information, this is the error I get. *** This source tree appears to have Windows-style line endings.
To convert it to Unix-style line endings, run "python mozilla/build/win32/".

The python code will not work because it's trying to look for a CVS directory that does not exist in the mozilla-central folder.

Bug Ticket:

Answer 1: We should file a bug on this and get the script + error message fixed. Ask on irc for tips on how to do this, or we can do on Tuesday.

Answer 2: This happens because the default setting for msys git on Windows is to checkout files with CRLF line endings. To fix this, you need to reinstall msys git and when you get to Configure the line ending conversions, choose option 2 Checkout as-is, commit Unix-style line endings here Once you've reinstalled msys git, you need to checkout the repository with the correct LF line endings with the following commands:

git ls-files -z | xargs -0 rm;
git checkout .

Answer 3: Before cloning the repository, set the core.autocrlf to false by using the following line.

git config --global core.autocrlf false

Afterwards, you can freely clone the repository and the build should now work.


NorthWind87: With regard to the "windows line error" question, is it not enough to simply set core.autocrlf to false and core.eol to lf?

git config --unset core.autocrlf
git config --global --unset core.autocrlf
git config --global core.autocrlf false

git config --unset core.eol
git config --global --unset core.eol
git config --global core.eol lf

git ls-files -z | xargs -0 rm;
git checkout .

That should be enough to avoid checking out crlf in the future and to checkout the repo again with lf line endings for all files.