Build the Viewer on macOS
- 1 Getting Development Tools
- 2 Downloading Source Code
- 3 Installing Proprietary Libraries
- 4 Configuring
- 5 Building
- 6 Running your newly built viewer
- 7 Running the Unit Tests
- 8 Handling Problems
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Getting Development Tools
- These instructions assume that you are running OSX 10.12
- Xcode 8
- Download and install Xcode 8 from the Apple App Store
- Install the developer command line tools by running the command xcode-select --install
- Accept the xcode license by running the command sudo xcodebuild -license ; this diplays the license: page to the end and type agree
- Install CMake (at least version 3.8) from cmake.org
- You will need to arrange for the cmake executable to be in your PATH.
- The executable is '/Applications/CMake.app/Contents/bin/cmake'. Add that directory to your PATH, or create a symlink to the cmake executable in some directory that's in your PATH
- Install the current Mercurial from Selenic
- If you may be contributing code back to the viewer, install the Mercurial Coding Policy hooks
- Autobuild 1.1
- Install the new version of autobuild as described on Autobuild
Downloading Source Code
The canonical viewer repository is https://bitbucket.org/lindenlab/viewer-release
Get the viewer-build-variables
Installing Proprietary Libraries
Some builds of the the Viewer depends on proprietary libraries (alternative open source libraries are also provided for developers who prefer or are not licensed to use the proprietary libraries). Lindens do not distribute these libraries, so you will need to fetch and install these even if you download the libraries packages. (This is due to licensing restrictions. Don't ask, Lindens already did, and can't get permission. So you do have to get them yourself.)
PIck somewhere to build your fmodex package:
hg clone https://bitbucket.org/lindenlab/3p-fmodex cd 3p-fmodex autobuild build autobuild package
If it works, it will produce a package archive file with a name like fmodex-18.104.22.168503051234-darwin-201503051234.tar.bz2
CD to your viewer repository root; you can either just override the configured archive with a --local install:
autobuild install --local path-to-your-fmodex-archive
That will cause autobuild to ignore the configured value and use your local package archive; if you delete your build directory, you'll need to repeat the override command.
To reconfigure your autobuild configuration file to use that archive:
autobuild installables edit fmodex url=file:///path-to-your-fmodex-archive
but be careful not to commit that change, since it will be useless to anyone who can't access the path you configured.
Configuring your build with Autobuild
Configuring and building with autobuild works the same on all platforms. Full instructions may be found at Build_Viewer_With_Autobuild.
autobuild configure -c RelWithDebInfoOS
if you built your own fmodex as above, add -- -DFMODEX:BOOL=TRUE
Command Line Build
autobuild build --no-configure
you can omit the --no-configure option: if you do, autobuild will implicitly run the configuration step before building. That's harmless, it just takes some extra time, but be sure to include any configuration options such as that for fmodex above.
Building within Xcode
Once you have run the autobuild configure step, the directory build-darwin-x86_64 will have been created in the root of your source distribution. Inside that directory you will find the SecondLife.xcodeproj project file which can be used with Xcode. When opened it should be configured correctly to build, so just Build and Run. If it prompts you to automatically create schemes, let it do so.
Running your newly built viewer
To launch the viewer you build, from your source tree root directory, run:
open build-darwin-x86_64/newview/configuration-type/Second\ Life.app
where configuration-type depends on your built configuration ("DebugOS", "ReleaseOS" or "RelWithDebInfoOS").
Running within Xcode
"secondlife-bin" scheme is what you look for.
When running from the XCode IDE be sure to go to Product → Scheme → Edit Scheme menu. Select the Run section and uncheck the box labeled "Allow debugging when using document Versions Browser" on the Options tab. (See this thread.)
- Navigate to build-darwin-x86_64/newview/configuration-type.
- Double click the application.
- You can create and put the alias wherever you find convenient.
Running the Unit Tests
From Xcode, open the project build-darwin-x86_64/test/test.xcodeproj and select "test" for scheme and run. SecondLife.xcodeproj project also has "test" scheme.
If you encounter errors or run into problems following the instructions above, please first check whether someone else already had the same issue. A solution might be known already.
You may find the solution in any of these resources:
- This talk page (Report useful experiences there)
- Issue list below (If new issues, please add it to talk page above instead of there)
- Old talk page
- Common compilation problems (Rather old)
- Issue tracker
- Fix it: Modifying CMake Files and please, submit a patch!
Even when no description of your problem has been written down yet, someone might know about it, so get in touch with the community to get help.
- Subscribe to OpenSource-Dev Mailing List (subscribe) and post your question there.
- For faster response, join the general open source viewer discussion and development IRC channel #opensl on freenode. Hopefully a helpful person is online when you ask your question.