The first problem we had was that xulrunner.exe doesn’t use the js3250.dll DLL directly, it does it via the xul.dll DLL. As a result the UI and the stub couldn’t find the js3250.dll and thus couldn’t determine the version information we use to choose how to interact with js3250.dll. So we needed to support that.
The second issue was that each js3250.dll we’ve encountered has some internal differences that make line numbers inconsistent unless you use a build against the same header files used for that build. Very annoying, but thats how it is. So we need to know if its Firefox 1.0, 1.5, 2.0, Flock 0.7, or xulrunner to choose the appropriate way to interact with the target. If our tools don’t know they assume you are using the latest and greatest and give you the firefox 2.0 treatment. XULRunner needs the 1.5 treatment not the 2.0 treatment so we had to put in a check for that. Also, the version ids on xulrunner.exe shipped with Songbird are “Personal” and not a version number. Excuse me? Whats up with that? Not very useful information. It should read “1.8” or something similar given that XULRunner is currently at 18.104.22.168. Hopefully someone will fix that.
A third issue was a killer. Songbird triggers a hook that causes a fatal crash. Whoops, how did that get past testing? Same way any other bug does I guess 🙁 Thats life, we are not perfect, so chalk that one up to experience.
We also needed a few XULRunner specific tweaks. For example when you are launching a XULRunner application you are looking for .ini files not .html/.js files.