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status update

maintained by Chris Nelson <>

Last Updated Sunday, October 10, 1999

This status update page is updated every weekend. To get updates and news throughout the week , I invite you to check out mozillaZine, a site I maintain devoted to Mozilla advocacy.

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Friends of the Tree

Ben Goodger <> Ben re-wrote the "Create Profile Wizard" UI. It looks much, much better now. Ben is a XUL / JS / CSS wizard. He's offered to help clean up the rest of the Profile UI. - Seth Spitzer

Thanks to Alexander Larsson for his two new docs "Event Handling In Mozilla", and "The Life Of An HTML HTTP Request" as well as some words for the mozilla jargon file.. - Dawn Endico

Module Updates
October 11
Submitted by Brendan Eich <>


  • Space team making good progress with leak fixes, dp's plan well-scheduled
  • Waterson landed RDF-removal from XUL content sink
  • Waterson showed XUL content sharing can give up to 4x speedup for new not-first window
  • Travis published webshell design doc/diagram, it's getting reviewed and implemented
  • Pavlov fixed menu dismissal on Linux, xpmenus now dismiss XP


  • No progress on menu positioning or other low-hanging XUL fruit
  • Browser dogfood such as session history is not getting porkjockey help
  • Waterson dilemma: make mailnews fast for thousands of messages vs. make XUL (new window) fast
October 11
Submitted by Peter Trudelle <>


  • Resolved 29 bugs in the last week, fixing 20 of them.  See our resolved bug list  for details.
  • Eric Vaughan has finished the XPScrollbar integration work.  This required fixing some problems with scrollbars in Ender, and adding a preference so they could be toggled at runtime.  (evaughan)
  1. Mike Pinkerton tracked down some extraneous reflows when mousing over scrollbars. (pinkerton)
  2. Chris Saari finshed working on the focus design, and began implementation. (saari)
  3. Chris also stopped Mac popups from getting activation. (saari)
  4. Steve Dagley provided Mac support for the NSPR 3.5 landing into the mozilla tree.  He also reviewed and landed Simon Fraser's NSPR changes to speed up code fragment loading. (sdagley, sfraser)
  5. Stuart Parmenter got menus dimissing on unix. (pavlov)
  6. Pav also rewrote the Find dialog and fixed some prefs UI problems.
  1. Fix blocker bugs, improve performance size and speed, polish the UI, and in general make sure things don't suck for 'beta'. (all)
  2. Fix tree scrolling bugs. (hyatt, pinkerton)
  3. Finish focus work, and then xpmenu bugs. (saari)
  4. Land XPScrollbar integration.  (evaughan)
  5. Switch over to lightweight scrollports.  (evaughan)
  6. Make dialogs look good.  (evaughan)
  7. Mac work on the revised nsFile implementation. (sdagley)
  8. Get menu painting not to be drawing images under it randomly on top. (pavlov)
  • There have been more serious regressions lately than should be tolerated.  If a regression prevents you from working on what you should be, it is just as bad as a build bustage.  Even when working on infrastructure, architecture and performance, we need to keep the bar high to assure that the builds are usable every day.  Keeping the tree open despite major regressions just gives the illusion of progress, we need to have the builds be better every day, with no exceptions.  To do that, everyone is going to have to seriously test their new code in the product (not just in a test app) before they check in.  Saving a few minutes by omitting this step is a foolish economy which regularly slows the entire project to a crawl.


Necko (New Netlib)
October 11
Submitted by Warren Harris <>


  • Continued implementation of the network data cache (Bug 8305).  The low-level memory-cache module is now passing its standalone tests.  Upcoming this week: implementing a few stubbed-out routines in the memory-cache and finishing the cache manager. [fur]
  • Continuing to work on the status bar messages stuff. Limitations in the proxy event code relating to string copying and proper cleanup caused the need for a lot of reworking to ensure that error messages weren't leaked. About to check in. [gagan]
  • Continuing to clean up webshell. [rpotts]
  • Handed off work on libjar and the jar: protocol to Mitch Stoltz and Gayatri Bhimaraju. They are in the investigation and initial implementation phase now. [mstoltz, gayatrib, valeski]
  • Working on MakeAbsolute profiling and performance. [valeski]
  • Cleaned up ftp implementation. [valeski]
  • Figured out a way to get memory statistics on refcounting, memory leaks and footprint using the existing refcounting mechanism of xpcom -- the "bloaty" tool. Integrated it with Kipp's memory work. [warren]
  • Fixed javascript: protocol to work again. [dougt]
  • We have a much better handle on how Mac async DNS is going to work now, and Gordon is in the process of verifying the initial set of changes to nspr to provide notification from interrupt handlers. Hoping to have async DNS going this week. [gordon]
  • Have an initial implementation of async DNS for Unix, but it's not integrated yet. [warren]
  • URL dispatching -- Checked in initial set of changes for splitting AsyncOpen out from AsyncRead, although now I'm not convinced that this is going to help us much. Not much else happened on this last week, partly because we were waiting on Travis' web shell redesign documents, and partly because we were just doing other things. I'm hoping to get going on this full steam again this week, and will call a meeting shortly. [warren]
October 8
Submitted by Mike McCabe <>

Roger Lawrence has been fixing Spider Monkey and Rhino bugs -
Bugs 14545, 15197, 8976, 15650, 15261, 12168 resolved, one way or another. Added errors-as-exceptions to Rhino, interpreted & compiled. Some other Rhino Ecma changes. Fixed up compile failures for jsfile. Working on 15261, 15604 next.

And Waldemar has some JavaScript standardization news -
A week ago waldemar, mccabe, and clayton went to Bath, England, to finish up the ECMA-262 Edition 3 standard. Since then waldemar made a lot of edits to the final candidate document to reflect the resolutions from that meeting and fix errors. He sent it out to the ECMA TC39 working committee. A copy is available on the site.

October 8
Submitted by Mike McCabe <>

John Bandhauer has been working with Kipp Hickman to instrument XPConnect code to locate leaks due to reference count problems. He's wrapping up support for passing arrays and sized strings to XPCOM interfaces through XPConnect. John has also updated the XPConnect exception system to be compatible with Roger's work to expose JavaScript errors as catchable exceptions.

Christine Begle has landed an XPConnect regression test suite.

October 8
Submitted by Phil Peterson <>

Last week

  • 51 bugs fixed (includes both mail/news bugs and porkjockey bugs)
  • Team is evenly divided between porkjockey infrastructure and mail/news bugs for Dogfood and M11
What we're working on right now
  • davidmc - Mork memory leaks (15598)
  • bienvenu - Memory leaks
  • alecf - Converting mail/news components to nsIModule (15161)
  • jefft - Non-ASCII chars in subject header (15676), Displaying attachments inline (12255)
  • mscott - Converting to mail/news components to nsIModule (15161), URL Dispatching (14928)
  • sspitzer - Preferences bugs (many), Mac registry crash (15795), new folder crash (15876)
  • hangas - Command updating (12408), moving new skin to mozilla
  • putterman - Tree scrolling (10603 and others), nsIModule, memory leaks
  • chuang - Out on sabbatical
  • ducarroz - Message sending bugs (14785, 12209, 15235, 15254)
  • rhp - Getting back into MIME bugs after sabbatical. Many fixes last week.
  • Estimate of compressed total download size on Win32: 1266k
  • Uncompressed DLL sides: Win32: 1174k, Mac: 2382k, Linux: 2331k (down 296k from 9/17!)



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