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From Jan Lehnardt <>
Subject Re: Increasing Spidermonkey version
Date Thu, 19 Nov 2009 14:08:02 GMT

On 19 Nov 2009, at 13:52, Dirkjan Ochtman wrote:

> On Thu, Nov 19, 2009 at 13:47, Paul Davis <> wrote:
>> I think this is the bug we want:
>> which was last
>> updated in May.
>> Most people are already on 1.8.1 libraries because packagers appear to
>> have started pulling it from projects like XUL runner instead of
>> building in isolation.
> I'm CC'ed on that one as well, but I think the consensus in #jsapi was
> that they would release something called 1.8.0. The topic of releases
> of SpiderMonkey is apparently not very popular with some of the crowd
> there, though.

Thanks for opening this thread Mikeal. I'd like to specifically call out the
lack of releases or a clear release procedure or strategy to be a large
problem for any dependent projects.

On the latest Ubuntu this leads to situations where the built-in CouchDB
is linked against libmoz.js from xulrunner. If you want to build a custom
CouchDB, you need to specify the obscure and nonstandard xulrunner
lib directory to build. But there is no obvious way to know, so people
install libmozjs manually which conflicts with xulrunner, they don't know
what xulrunner is and deinstall and all dependent packages which includes

This is a little bit unfortunate and I hope we can look forward to more
predictable releases.


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