WebKitGTK+ is very hard to build, so this is a metabug that tracks making it easier.
I think this bug should also track problems getting the layout tests and unit tests running and passing, so I've expanded it.
What exactly is meant under 'very hard to build'? The dependencies issues or build time or something else?
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> What exactly is meant under 'very hard to build'? The dependencies issues or build time or something else?
There are a few issues that make it hard to build WebKitGTK+. One is the requirement for a patched version of make and another is that debug builds take a long time and typically consume a lot of memory.
Additionally, there are many small things that can go wrong when building WebKitGTK+ for the first time. This bug is about fixing all those issues so that it's a simple and easy as possible to build the library.
The dependencies issue isn't such a big deal, but perhaps we should include a special jhbuild that has the dependency delta from the previous stable version of Ubuntu.
This has not exactly been fixed, but Andrés Gómez has been working quite a bit on that direction.
See http://trac.webkit.org/wiki/WebKitGTK/StartHacking and linked pages.
I think this a lot easier these days with the JHBuild and our switch to CMake.