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maintained by Chris Nelson <>

Last Updated Sunday, March 14th, 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

Bruce Mitchener, Brad Roberts, Tim McNerney and the module owners they sent changes to: ebina, troy, danm, akkana, alecf, mcafee, tague, ramiro, slamm, kipp, and dp definitely get this week's Seamonkey "Friend of the Tree" award for getting solaris native compiler builds and purify working, then finding and fixing a ton of xp and unix memory leaks.

Module Updates
Milestone 3 Status Update
March 12th
Submitted by Chris Hofmann <>

We are closing in on M3 milestone which contains about 70-80% of the features needed for our dogfood target.

Here are the following objectives we want to accomplish in the upcoming M3 milestone.

  • Confirm the list of features that are working by giving them a good shakeout, and writing a list of bugs that detail problems associated with each of the features.
  • Continue to identify and track performance problems, layout/rendering/and drawing problems. We may not take the time or effort at this point to fix all or even most of these problems, but its a good first step to get them logged in the database and a general milestone assignment made. We want to keep the window for fixing any low hanging fruit problems to around 2-3 days early next week. The rest of the bugs will be moved off to m4,5, and 6.
  • We want to create a stable, well known entry point to additional attract developers. The existence of the entry point will we highlighted on as the tarball/binaries developers and volunteer tester can download to start getting familiar with seamonkey, without having to track the bleeding edge of the daily tip. We want to establish a good check point where we make sure we can get clean builds on the maximum number platforms possible at this time, and we want to get a good listing of the system setups and dependencies needed to produce a build and run it. We will be looking for patches and configuration information from all the ports contributors to help get this information doc'ed. Ports contributors can pull a tree Monday morning to synch with the efforts to make M3 milestone builds.
  • We also want to start getting in the mode of doing these milestone releases about every 3 weeks, and refining our processes for these milestones. Understanding the length of time it takes to do a good shakedown of the builds, finding problems that slowdown or block testing, and getting this information collected and distributed is also important.

Here is the game plan for the M3 Milestone:

The tree closes Sunday at Midnight 3/14/99 for the M3 milestone.

Step 1 is to get a set of builds from Wed., Thursday and Friday morning to start an exhaustive evaluation and testing period. Testers and Engineers should start to pre-load bugzilla with milestone stopper bugs by assigning them as M3. An M3 stopper is a bug that hinders building, development, evaluation, testing, or general use or the objective listed above.

Friday at 11:00a and 4:00p we will start the M3 bug triage meetings in the bld 21 pit at Netscape to get a handle on, and make sure we are focused on looking at and fixing the most critical bugs and areas for improvement.

Some development work will go on in parallel up until Friday 3/12, but we should start to taper or not introduce major changes between Friday and Sunday Midnight. Starting Monday morning the tree will close for a day or more depending on how stable the Monday Morning builds look after initial testing. During this time the following things happen:

Continue with intense testing and evaluation of the builds on Monday. Evaluation includes engineers running profilers, purify, and debuggers on any crashes that are found, QA rendering comparisons, speed comparisons, and crash bug finding on top sites. Monday at 4:00p there is a meeting to review M3 status, and approve candidate M3 bug fixes for checkin. If the Monday morning builds are in bad shape, M3 work stays on the trunk and we will only allowing checkins that fix the most critical M3 stopping bugs.

If we look stable and don't have a large number of bugs to triage and fix we will create an M3 branch Tuesday morning and open the trunk. Tuesday and Wed. work on building a list of known problems, synchronizing and updating mozilla build docs, and doc'ing the milestone release continues and wraps up. Thursday morning the M3 source tarballs and binaries get prominently published on Thursday we will also check to make sure any changes introduced on the M3 branch are folded back into the trunk.

March 14th
Submitted by Akkana Peck <>

Here's Akkana's update on the status of the editor (composer):

"We've been focusing on fixing bugs which affect usability of the editor in plaintext mode. apprunner -editor now calls up our editor testbed with a plaintext (<pre>) document. Many bugs involving things like key handling, text insertion, selection handling, copy/paste, and inserting of breaks (when hitting return) have been fixed. Several memory leaks have also been fixed, to improve performance and decrease memory footprint."

Unix Port
March 10th
Submitted by Chris McAfee <>

Current Status

  • Thanks to Bruce Mitchener and Ramiro Estrugo for getting Solaris/gcc 2.7.x/purify working! Look for Bruce's purify reports in mozilla.patches.

  • Link clicks aren't working (3553)
  • Steve Lamm has greatly improved the Unix build system; see slamm link below, a lot of autoconf reaming.
  • Heads-up: We're about to move from {MOZILLA_HOME, .netscape} to {MOZILLA_FIVE_HOME, .mozilla}. (ramiro, mcafee, dp)
Top Issues
  • Better handling of GC's (ramiro)
  • Decent font support (mcafee)
  • Make the build system easier to use (slamm)
  • We need a profiler! gprof? quantify? (mcafee)
Grendel (Java Mail/News)
March 12th
Submitted by Giao Nguyen <>

The bad news is that Jeff Galyan is no longer working on the project.

This week:

  • Patches for addressbook lookups being contributed by Mauro Botehlo.
  • Edwin's working on making multiple identies stellar.
  • I'm working on fixing threading problems with TreeTable.

Coming weeks:

  • Document current status of Grendel.
  • Identify network/UI integration problems with Grendel.
  • Add context sensitive menus.
  • Catch up on the work that was being done by Jeff.

Look for the documentation on what's working, what's broken, and what needs fixing by the end of next week.

March 12th
Submitted by Phil Peterson <>

Phil Peterson has news regarding the Mail/News client:


  1. Smoke test published to mozilla to allow developers and QA to track progress and regressions.
  2. First UE spec-lets posted to the mail-news newsgroup, involving folder organization and multiple identities. Feedback would be helpful. More UE specs coming soon.
  3. We've come a long way towards the M3/Dogfood milestone this week. Details of our successes and soon-to-be-successes:
What works this week
  1. There's an Apps menu in apprunner with a Messenger item. This brings up mailshell.xul, the main three pane window.
  2. Mork DB is checked in and part of the build
  3. Mail composition with Ender is enabled
  4. On startup, the thread pane loads with real data from the mail folder specified by threadPane.xul (currently "Inbox").
  5. Clicking in the thread pane loads the message pane with local mail
  6. Deleting local mail messages marks them deleted in the Berkeley folder and updates RDF, which updates the tree control.
  7. Downloading mail (using GetMsg button) from a POP server works. It's hard-coded to "leave on server" now, so it won't drain your IMAP inbox.
  8. MIME stream converters using new API have landed. Parsers for message/rfc822 and vcards are working.
  9. 4.x-style menus and toolbars are expressed in XUL, although the only commands which work are Delete, Get Msg, and New Msg.
What doesn't work but is real close
  1. Linux support is a little behind Windows. It may run today, but it may not. The addition of another engineer soon will help this.
  2. Reply/forward may get done before Sunday night, but maybe not.
  3. RDF command processing is done using appcores and C++, not scripting the composite data source.
  4. Clicking in the folder pane will probably load the thread pane sometime later today.
Next week
  1. All items in the "real close" list
  2. The visual appearance and stability of the app need work.
  3. Beginning M4 work, including views in the thread pane, IMAP, and lots of other stuff TBD on Monday.
Footprint watch: I'm going to try this out and see if it's interesting enough to keep doing on a weekly basis. This is a little bigger than I expected; anyone else surprised?
Mail/News disk footprint (optimized code on Win32)
What is it?
How big is it?
mailnews.dll Main mail/news stuff (app core, data sources, DB code, etc.)
msglocal.dll POP3, local mail
msgcompose.dll app core for message composition
mime.dll MIME parser
mimect-cal.dll MIME converter for vCal
mimect-vcard.dll MIME converter for vCard

RDF and HT (HyperTree)
March 12th
Submitted by Chris Waterson <>

Chris Waterson writes in with this RDF update:


  • Implemented "delete" notifications in the tree builder code, so that (for example) when a message is deleted, the item is actually removed from the tree control.
  • Implemented "re-rooting" of the tree control so that (for example) mail-news can change the contents of the thread pane on demand. There are apparently still some bugs with this: waiting to hear from alecf or mscott.
  • Rolled 4.5 bookmarks parser forward into the SeaMonkey codebase.
  • Ironed out command architecture: Warren did most of the heavy lifting on this.
  • Landed Guha's history data source into the tree: Robert did a lot of cleanup to get stuff working right on Mac.
  • Implemented some of McMullen's filespec stuff to mac bookmark parsing work on Mac (aliases and stuff).


  • Help rickg finish the nsIString interface so that we can get land RDF scriptability.
  • Convert RDF to use XPIDL-generated header files; this'll allow RDF to be 100% scriptable.
  • Land a bunch of changes that warren had made a couple weeks ago to convert the RDF "cursor" APIs into standard enumerators.
  • Lots and lots of DOM APIs to finish off.


None to report.

March 13th
Submitted by Scott Furman <>

Scott writes:

"Thanks to efforts by John Bandauer, Mike McCabe and Mike Shaver, XPConnect was able to run the equivalent of 'Hello World' (and more) on March 11.  This entailed compilation of XPIDL into a typelib, reading the contents of the typelib at run time and using the XPConnect runtime to wrap XPCOM instances and perform invocation and argument conversion, etc."


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