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Bug 655158 - www-client/chromium add support for headless_shell build or create separate ebuild
Summary: www-client/chromium add support for headless_shell build or create separate e...
Alias: None
Product: Gentoo Linux
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Current packages (show other bugs)
Hardware: All Linux
: Normal enhancement (vote)
Assignee: Chromium Project
Depends on:
Reported: 2018-05-07 13:13 UTC by Darko Luketic
Modified: 2018-10-12 11:49 UTC (History)
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Description Darko Luketic 2018-05-07 13:13:42 UTC

headless_shell is a headless build of chromium
and there's the embeddable library build

Currently Gentoo doesn't support those builds.

I built it following those instructions here:
and the 1st link in this (issue|request) here.

my looks like this:

### start ###

is_debug = false
remove_webcore_debug_symbols = true
enable_nacl = false
symbol_level = 0
### end ###
Comment 1 Mike Gilbert gentoo-dev 2018-05-07 15:07:02 UTC
What do you plan to do with a "headless" build?

I can't see this being very useful for anyone other than a developer. What would the ebuild install exactly?
Comment 2 Paweł Hajdan, Jr. (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2018-05-07 20:47:33 UTC
Well we do provide chromedriver, so in principle headless_shell should be fine.

The name is somewhat generic so I'm not sure it'd belong in any directories from PATH, but given developer-specific usage that shouldn't be a problem.
Comment 3 Darko Luketic 2018-10-12 11:49:58 UTC
Mike, scraping websites for instance. What would it install, a headless chromium binary.
But couldn't they be scraped by just fetching the html and parsing attributes?
Well, yes if you'd like to remain behind and not consider the "new" single page app ecmascript only sites.

So what if it's useful for developers only?
Who says Gentoo is exclusively for desktop users?