Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Setting up NFS in OpenStep

If your server or host PC support NFS,  you can set up shared directories for OpenStep. For example, if the shared folder is nfs://, you can add the imported directory in as follows:

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Installing OpenStep 4.2 on Parallels

NextStep is one of the advanced operating systems in 90s. You may understand why it is by watching this video:

Every features Steve Jobs introduced in this video was possible in 1992, which is amazing. So I've dreamed of using NextStep since I was aware of it, but I've never seen a running demo and just saw a NexTCube. By chance, I found instructions how to install OpenStep 4.2 on Parallels. Finally, NexStep(OpenStep4.2) started running on my machine. o/

If you want to run OpenStep 4.2, follow this instruction. The only problem is that network doesn't work so it needs to install a network driver. I found the solution by googling, but the link of NE2000 disk image( was broken. Fortunately, I was able to recover the link from so you can download it.

Network setting:
1) Install the NE2K driver;
2) Shut down. Under Boot Order, make sure the hard drive is the first device, and add ""; in the boot flags.

3) Set the shared network. Reboot.
5) Open Under Local choose "use local domain only".

6) Assigned one of available IPs in your local network. Let the machine Reboot;
7) Add a name server in /etc/resolv.conf

Installing developer tools: there is a good video on Youtube:

The next step is to write some Objective-C code with this book and download some applications from


Thursday, August 24, 2017

Working on Servo project

I started working on Servo project. Actually, my first open source project was Mozilla so I was involved in the Korea Mozilla community. During the time, I contributed to Fennec browser by fixing bugs and localization. Anyway, this blog article made me work on Mozilla again.

I landed a simple patch and am working on adding the ellipse API to Canvas API. I see many missing features so it looks like the blue ocean for me compared to Chromium project.

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Enable to open multiple file-pickers in Chromium for Linux

Sometimes, we don't know exact requirements or expect user behaviors while developing or fix something. I fixed the file-picker modal issue in Chromium for Linux last year. At that time, the reviewer and I thought that there would be no case to pop-up multiple file-pickers, but it happened  since M55 when you follow the following steps:
1) Enable "Ask where to save" in settings.
2) Open 2 tabs of e.g.:
3) Wait for 2 downloader windows, and close/cancel/etc both
4) Freeze or crash

Here is a video to reproduce the problem.

When file-picker is opened, it disables event listening of the main host window. Then, the user closes the file-picker, it enables the event listening. Now, the host widow has a counter to check the number of the open file-pickers and it doesn't disable the event listening if there are any open file-picker. The event listening can be enabled when the last file-picker is closed. Here is the fix.
Anyway, you may see the fix in M58(Apr 25th, 2017)

Friday, February 17, 2017

Apple-style-span class was fully removed from Blink

Finally, Apple-style-span class was fully removed from Blink(commit).

Apple-style-span has not been produced since 2011:, but there were still some legacy code to handle Apple-style-span class because old WebKit engines has produced it, but now the usage is quite low(<=0.0001%). So, we decided to remove it from Blink at the last BlinkOn7. The code were executed whenever the users copy text or run Editing APIs(document.execCommand) to change the styles. Other non-standard CSS classes(Apple-interchange-newline, Apple-converted-space, Apple-paste-as-quotation) will be also removed soon if possible.

Anyway, I feel that editing in Chromium is a bit faster :P

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Make file-picker modal in Chromium for Linux

When I stared working on Chromium, I found a bug in Chromium for Linux: the file-picker was not modal. So, while opening a file-picker, the users could control the main window. Sometimes, it caused mis-behaviors such as we were able to send an email while attaching a file.
There was already a bug and it seemed easy to fix it, but, it took 2 years to fully fix the problem.

The root cause is as follows:

Chromium for Linux uses GtkFileChooserDialog to open a file-picker, but it is not modal to the X11 host window because GtkFileChooserDialog can be modal only to the parent GtkWindow. So I tried to allow the X11 host window to disable input event handling to make a file-picker modal:  Here is the details:

Opening a file-picker

DisableEventListening() disables event listening for the host window using aura::ScopedWindowTargeter, which allows to temporarily replace the event-targeter with ui::NullEventTargeter. It returns a scope handle that is used to call |destroy_callback| when closing the file-picker.

class ScopedHandle {
   explicit ScopedHandle(const base::Closure& destroy_callback);
   void CancelCallback();

    base::Closure destroy_callback_;

In addition, we also set another destroy callback(OnFilePickerDestroy) to the GtkFileChooserDialog that can be called when the file-picker is closed.

Close the file-picker

As you can see, OnFilePickerDestroy deletes scoped_handle.
void OnFilePickerDestroy(views::DesktopWindowTreeHostX11::ScopedHandle*
   scoped_handle) {
 delete scoped_handle;

Then, |destroy_callback| of ScopedHandle below is automatically called.
void DesktopWindowTreeHostX11::EnableEventListening() {
 modal_dialog_xid_ = 0;

You can find more details and discussion at here.

The first change list was reverted due to the UI freezing problem that happens when the users open a file-picker from a child window of the X11 host window. The second change list finally fixed this issue(BUG 408481, 579408). I also added a test case for the fix: BrowserSelectFileDialogTest.ModalTest.

Monday, November 14, 2016

My major contributions to Chromium project

I have been working on Chromium project since 2013 and fixed many bugs and implemented some features. Here are my major contributions:

Blink Editing
  1. [Issue 226941] Contenteditable issues related to backspace handling
  2. [Issue 318925] Copy and paste sometimes removes spaces between words
  1. [Issue 310149] ContentEditable:   is forced on SPACE between text nodes
  2. [Issue 335955] Unwanted spans inserted in contentEditable elements
  3. [issue 571420] chrome hangs on when creating bullet list in contenteditable
  1. [Issue 634482] Formatting tags converted to spans with styles on cut/paste
  2. [Issue 625802] Unnecessary quote appears after clicking on indent more option in compose box.
  3. [Issue 582225] document.queryCommandState isn't working well with and
  4. [Issue 584939] document.queryCommandState returns true for bold, italic, underline, and strikethrough after selecting image
  5. [Issue 385374] queryCommandState can return true for both list types
  6. [issue 232188] Caret color issue in content editable element

Aura and Wayland support:

  1. [Issue 408481] System dialogs (e.g. 'Save As...') are not modal on Ubuntu
  2. [Issue 473228] Make *::ShowWithWindowState(minimized, maximized, fullscreen) consistent across platforms
  3. Issue 578890 upstream wayland backend for ozone
  4. Issue 50485 Korean Hangul typing issue