LEGAL
author Jim Blandy <jimb@mozilla.org>
Wed, 29 Oct 2008 08:29:22 -0700
changeset 21062 8c52a9486c8f25a93063f5b628575837156f266b
parent 1 9b2a99adc05e53cd4010de512f50118594756650
permissions -rw-r--r--
Bug 97954: Allow SpiderMonkey to be built on its own, or as part of Mozilla. Give SpiderMonkey its own configure script and top-level Makefile. Adjust js/src/Makefile as appropriate for life as a stand-alone makefile, instead of a 'make export; make libs'-style Mozilla tier makefile. Have the configure script accept '--with-nspr-cflags' and '--with-nspr-libs' options for using an in-tree NSPR. Also accept '--with-system-nspr', '--with-nspr-prefix', and '--with-nspr-exec-prefix' flags for using an installed NSPR. Default to --disable-jemalloc, assuming we don't have that part of the tree available; have the top-level configure script pass --enable-jemalloc as needed. Since we no longer have an export phase to copy header files into dist/include/js before we build the library, we need to be able to find nanojit.h in the nanojit directory; fix references in jsbuiltins.h and jstracer.cpp. Give SpiderMonkey it its own copies of many of the files from ./config and ./build. These are all exact copies, except as follows: . js/src/config/Makefile.in: js/src only has a subset of js/src/config, and thus a subset of the makefile targets. . js/src/config/autoconf.mk.in: js/src/configure.in has its own make variables to set, not set by the top-level configure script, so it needs a custom automake.mk template. . js/src/config/make-system-wrappers.pl: a copy from nsprpub/config, so that we can build without having an NSPR source tree handy. Invoke js/src/configure from ./configure, passing the values computed for NSPR_CFLAGS and NSPR_LIBS by the top-level configure script. Treat js/src as a static directory of the js tier, and create a new config/js (just a Makefile) to be the js tier's non-static directory. Let js/src/configure generate SpiderMonkey's makefiles, not ./configure. Generate a 'js-config' script, which clients can call to find the CFLAGS and LIBS values necessary to compile and link against an installed SpiderMonkey library. Don't include the js-config script in Macintosh packages. Teach client.mk how to rebuild js/src/configure. Tell Mercurial to ignore files generated by autoconf in js/src. Further work: . Right now, callers must define JS_THREADSAFE when #including jsapi.h. This is fixed in a subsequent patch. . js/src/configure is a trimmed copy of ./configure. It could be trimmed more.

Please be apprised of the following Legal Notices:

A) The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia has
ruled that the Netscape Navigator code does not infringe Wang's U.S.
Patent No. 4,751,669 ("the '669 Patent") because: 1) HTML is not
Videotex as defined by the '669 patent; 2) web servers are not central
suppliers; and 3) Navigator does not "connect," as defined by the '669
Patent, to web servers on the Internet. Wang may appeal this decision to
the Federal Circuit. Wang contended that its Patent disclosing a
"Videotex" system, is infringed by the following functionality in the
Netscape Navigator code: 1) the animated logo and status line indicators
--See Claims 1,8 and 9; 2) the "File Save As" function --See Claims
23-27; 3) Bookmarks and Rename Bookmarks in the Properties window --See
Claims 20-22; 4) storing HTML, GIF, and JPEG files and adding filename
extensions --See Claim 38

B) Intermind owns pending U.S. patent applications on communications
systems which employ metadata ("channel objects") to define a control
structure for information transfer. The Netscape code does not infringe
as released; however, modifications which utilize channel objects as
described by Intermind should be considered carefully. The following is
a statement from Intermind: "Intermind's claims fundamentally involve
the use of a control structure to automate communications. ...The
essence of Intermind's top claim is that two devices sender and receiver
have persistent storage, communicate over a network, and exchange a
control structure including metadata which describes: 1) what
information is to be updated, 2) when to update this information, and 3)
how to transfer the updated information. In addition, at least the
receiving device must be able to process the metadata in order to
perform the update determination and transfer. Any digital
communications system which incorporates all of these elements will be
covered by Intermind's patents." See Intermind.com.

C) Stac, Inc., and its licensing agent Hi/fn, own several patents which
disclose data compression methods implementing an LZS compression
algorithm, including U.S. Patent Nos. 4,701,745 and 5,016, 009 ("the
Stac Patents"). The Netscape Communicator code does not perform
compression. If you modify the Netscape source code to perform
compression, please take notice of the Stac Patents.

D) Netscape Communications Corporation ("Netscape") does not guarantee
that any source code or executable code available from the mozilla.org
domain is Year 2000 compliant.