M3 Release Notes

These release notes, last updated March 23, 1999, describe installation instructions and known issues pertinent to the M3 release. These notes are updated as we receive feedback, so please check back for new information. This release expires on May 1, 1999 at 00:01 am.

Installing the M3 Release Build

Unix Instructions

  1. Create a directory named "mozilla" and move the tar.gz file into the mozilla directory.
  2. Change to the mozilla directory (cd mozilla) and untar the archive (gzip -cd mozilla-i686-pc-linux-gnu.tar.gz | tar -xvf -).

  3. This will create a directory called "package."
  4. Change to the "package" directory.
  5. Type (pwd) and remember the result; you will need it for steps 4-6. It might look like:  /home/me/mozilla/package.
  6. If you are running tcsh or csh, type

    and then type
    ( setenv LD_LIBRARY_PATH RESULT_OF_STEP_4:/lib:/usr/lib )
  8. If you are running bash, sh, or ksh, type

    and then type
    ( export LD_LIBRARY_PATH=RESULT_OF_STEP_4:/lib:/usr/lib )
  10. Enter (cd ..) and create a directory named "user".
  11. Change to directory "user" and type

  12. ../package/apprunner
Note: To use your current bookmarks with M3, you should overwrite the default M3 bookmark file with your own, for example, copy "~/.netscape/bookmarks.html" to "mozilla/package/res/rdf/bookmarks.html."

Win32 Instructions

You will need a copy of WinZip.  This is shareware available at www.download.com.
  1. Click once on the mozilla-win32.zip link. The file will be downloaded to your default folder.
  2. Click on the mozilla-win32.zip file to launch WinZip.
  3. After clicking  "I Agree" to terms of WinZip shareware, click the Extract button in the WinZip tool bar. An x86 folder with application and associated files will be unzipped.
  4. Select Apprunner from x86 folder to launch the program.
Note: To use your current bookmarks with M3, you should overwrite the default M3 bookmark file with your own, for example, copy "C:\Program Files\Netscape\Users\<profile_name>\bookmark.htm" to "mozilla\package\res\rdf\bookmarks.html." Note that the file name changes slightly and that
'<profile_name>' needs to be replaced by your user profile name.

Mail Win32 Instructions

  1. Unzip/extract the seamonkey.zip file.

  2. It should create a "\x86rel" directory with subdirectories (cache, components, mimeplugins, plugin and res).
  3. The current build reads the following preferences, assuming a preferences (prefs.js) file exists in the same directory as Apprunner. Substitute your actual preferences for the dummy values. (Use notepad.exe or other text editor and be sure to save the file with a ".js" extension):
  4. Verify the prefs.js file is in the \x86rel directory.
  5.  You can bring up Messenger using any of these methods:

  6. a) from command line using this argument:  url resurce:/res/samples/mailshell.xul
    b) or, from within apprunner's UI under Tasks | Messenger
    c) or, from command line using -mail argument
    The application should show a mail UI.
  7. You should be able to see your Inbox with messages.  Also, you should be able to see your mail folders in the folder pane.

MacOS Instructions

If you have Stuffit Expander™ installed and configured by your browser:
  1. Click once on the mozilla-mac.sea.bin link. The file will be downloaded to your default folder (usually the desktop) and Stuffit will start up and convert it to mozilla-mac.sea for you. Then stuffit will open up mozilla-mac.sea and convert it to a folder called mozilla-mac for you.
  2. Open the mozilla-mac folder and double-click the file "apprunner." (Note: you no longer need the .bin files.)
Note: If you try step one and your browser asks you what you want to do it's because you don't have Stuffit™ configured. In that case, just click Save and continue from Step #3 below.

If you do not have  Stuffit Expander™ installed or your browser is not properly configured:

  1. Make sure you have Stuffit™ somewhere on your hard drive.
  2. Click and hold the mozilla-mac.sea.bin link.
  3. Choose "Save this link as...".

  4. You see a file dialog box where you can select where you want to save the file (for example, your Desktop).
  5. Click the Save button.
  6. Double-click on the newly created icon "mozilla-mac.sea.bin".
  7. Stuffit™ will start up and simultaneously create a file "mozilla-mac.sea", and a folder called "mozilla-mac."
  8. Open the mozilla-mac folder and double-click the file "apprunner." (Note: you no longer need the .bin files.)
Note: To use your current bookmarks with M3, you should overwrite the default M3 bookmark file with your own. Copy your bookmark file, located in your profile directory (example:  "{Hard Disk}:System Folder:Preferences:Netscape Users:{Profile Name}") into your "{Mozilla Binary Location}/res/rdf/" folder.

Files Created or Used

user/ $windir/
prefs.js (Preferences file (used))
cache/ (cache directory)
cookies.txt (cookies file)
*cookterm.txt (used to selectively accept/reject cookies)
FieldSchema.tbl (files for auto form filling)
SchemaConcat.tbl (files for auto form filling)
SchemaValue.tbl (files for auto form filling)
URLFieldSchema.tbl (files for auto form filling)
signons.txt (logins and passwords file store in clear text)
mozregistry.dat (the Mozilla registry)
user/ ~/.mozilla/
prefences.js (preferences file (use))
cache/ (cache directory)
cookies.txt (cookies file)
mozregistry.dat (the Mozilla registry)

*Note:"cookterm.txt" is a file created for Windows, used to selectively accept cookies from certain sites and not from others. It is used only if you set your preferences so you see a warning before accepting cookies. To do that, hand edit the prefs.js file to include:

Limited Support Features

Available Mail/News Functionality (Win32 only)
Functionality Description Comments
Start Mail Bring up the 3-pane mail window
a)  from command line using this argument: 
-url resource:/res/samples/mailshell.xul
b)  from within apprunner's UI under Tasks | Messenger
Get New Mail POP only (automatically coded for "leave messages on server")  
Edit/Send Text Message Bring up the compose window by clicking New Msg button, entering recipient name, subject, and body of message.  Click Send.  Currently, the compose window has to be manually closed.
Handle SMTP When you click Send, the message gets sent.  Verify you can get this message in the recipient's mail account.  
Display Message News: able to go to the "demos" menu and display a news article.
Mail: able to select a message in the Inbox folder and have it displayed in the message pane.
Display Folder List Local folders display in the folder pane.  
Delete Message Select a message in the thread pane and click the Delete toolbar button to delete the message.  


Available Gecko Functionality
Functionality Description Comments
HTML 4.0
  • Done except bugs.
Cascading Style Sheets, level 1 (CSS1)
  • Features 98% done; bug-fixing remains.
Cascading Style Sheets, level 2 (CSS2)
  •  Positioning, tables, selectors done.
No support is committed for final release, but some features are already working and will likely be enabled.
Document Object Model (DOM) Level 0
  • Done.
Document Object Model (DOM) Level 1 HTML
  • 90% done.
Document Object Model (DOM) Level 2
  • JavaScript event model 80% done.
Extensible Markup Language (XML)
  • James Clark expat parser in; documents parse.
  • Simple XLink and HTML Namespaces done.
  • Working.

Known Issues

International M3 Release

                  // Netscape User Preferences
                   // This is a generated file!  Do not edit.
                   user_pref("intl.character_set", 2308);
                   user_pref("intl.font260.win.fixed_font", "MS Gothic");
                   user_pref("intl.font260.win.fixed_size", 12);
                   user_pref("intl.font260.win.prop_font", "MS Gothic");
                   user_pref("intl.font260.win.prop_size", 12);
Note: these are browsing only settings. For Japanese mail display, additional mail server info must be provided. See below in the Mail section for detailed info. 

International M3 Mail Application