Swiftweasel on the Via C7

February 6th, 2008

Swiftweasel is still a little too heavy for my Via C7 laptop, so I'm trying a new build, the 3.0b2 pentium 4 version. Hopefully that will speed things up a bit.

I had mistakenly assumed that the Pentium 3 version was the right one for the C7, but the C7 has sse2 capabilities, which are omitted from the Pentium 3 swiftweasel builds.

It does feel a little quicker now. To get the the trunk version to run I had to install libsqlite3. In the end I'm continuing to use version 2.0, but the optimized build for the Pentium 4.

I just read this on the gentoo-wiki:

Note: You can verify the chip is a Prescott by looking for pni in the flags section of /proc/cpuinfo. This indicates support for SSE3.

So now I'm going to use the prescott build.

I also found somewhere that this:


speeds things up a bit, and I think it does!

Now trying to build my own version of iceweasel, but getting this error:

configure: error: --enable-application=APP is required

Duh, Mozilla has helpful hints on this, I needed to choose an app!

Its all about the ~/.mozconfig and environment variables in my case. I finally am compiling iceweasel with my own configurations, I had to export CC and CXX:

export "CC=ccache distcc gcc"
export "CXX=ccache distcc g++"

Now I may be able to use debian's dpkg-buildpackage tool. I'm trying it out now - hopefully it will work this time, it took awhile to figure out how to get ccache and distcc to work, but I think its good now.

Now I'm trying a couple of different ways to set build flags when using dpkg-buildpackage. Kind of like how its done in Gentoo, with packages in mind.

UPDATE: Feb 8, 2008 - using dpkg-buildpackage worked! I edited debian/rules to add more compiler optimization flags, as well as disable more Mozilla features. While canvas and svg are nice and completely normal component, I'm trying to make a really lightweight version for use on the C7.

These pages were helpful too:

This looks cool:

I just compiled Iceweasel to link with tcmalloc, and everything seems to be working OK.

sudo dpkg-buildpackage -b -uc -ai386 -ti686-linux-gnu


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