Compile-Time Configuration Options
For configuring retawq before building the program ("compile-time
configuration"), both the "classical" Makefiles and the more modern configure
scripts are supported.
- classical Makefile - you can change the options manually in the
file Makefile using a text editor. The compile-time configuration option names
begin with "OPTION_".
- configure script - you can specify the compile-time configuration
options as command-line arguments for the configure script. The arguments begin
with "--enable-", "--disable-" or "--set-"; you can get a list of all script
options with "./configure --help".
- OPTION_NCURSES / --enable-ncurses - the curses library which is
installed on your system; we currently support "ncurses" (1;
default) and "curses" (0); this library is used for displaying information on
- OPTION_TEXTMODEMOUSE / --enable-textmodemouse - whether you want to
get support for some "text-mode mouse" like gpm on text consoles or the mouse
cursor in terminal emulators like xterm (default: 1 - enabled); this allows you
to activate links (and HTML form elements) by clicking them with the mouse,
which is easier and faster than pressing the Cursor-down/up keys several times.
It depends on your curses library whether you can actually get this support -
it's currently only available if the library provides ncurses-like mouse
support (detected by the presence of the C pre-processor symbol
- OPTION_I18N / --enable-i18n - retawq supports several natural
languages (currently English, French, German, Spanish and Brazilian
Portuguese). By default, it uses the English language. If you prefer another
supported language, set this option to "1" / use --enable-i18n, set the option
PATH_INSTALL_LOCALE / --path-locale=... to whatever is appropriate for your
computer, and say "make install" after "make". (See the file INSTALL for details.)
- OPTION_CED / --set-ced=... - quality of character entity display;
retawq normally tries to print nice characters on the screen for special HTML
character entities like "à". If your terminal can only handle
seven-bit ASCII characters and shows garbage otherwise, set this to 0.
- OPTION_COOKIES / --enable-cookies - whether cookies should be
supported ("HTTP state management"; default: 1 / enabled). Cookies will only be
stored and sent for servers for which the run-time
configuration option "http-cookies" explicitly allows it.
- OPTION_LOCAL_CGI / --enable-local-cgi - whether the protocol scheme
"local-cgi" should be supported (default: 0 / disabled). Local CGI scripts will
only be executed if explicitly allowed in the run-time
configuration option "local-cgi".
Security Note: If you enable this feature, retawq will be able to
execute external scripts; such "scripts" can be any kind of executable
programs, so it could also be "viruses" or other malicious software. To avoid
unwanted effects, please observe at least the following hints: 1. You should
make sure that nobody but you can change your config file; otherwise someone
might be able to allow the execution of malicious CGI scripts with the
local-cgi feature! So you should use a command like "chmod go-rwx config" or
"chmod go-rwx /home/your_home/.retawq/"... 2. You should also make sure
that nobody can put malicious scripts into allowed paths or manipulate existing
- OPTION_IPV6 / --enable-ipv6 - whether the "next generation" Internet
Protocol version IPv6 should be supported (default: 0 / disabled); IPv6 will
only work if the libraries and operating system on your computer support
- CC - the name of the C compiler which is installed on your system;
the default is "gcc",
the GNU compiler collection.
- CFLAGS - special flags (command-line arguments) for your C compiler;
it should not be necessary to change anything here, but anyway... For
information about possible flags, please read the documentation of your C
- All the other configuration options in the classical Makefile should
stay as they are - most of the respective features have not yet been fully
Minimizing retawq's Size
retawq is already a quite small browser. If you want to make the executable
program still smaller, e.g. as a tool for a boot/rescue disk or a "whole system
on one floppy disk" collection, this section shows how to shrink retawq's size
by disabling "all" compile-time options, including some internal options which
aren't documented elsewhere. If you actually need a feature, you should leave
the respective option enabled, of course. The minimization is shown with the
configure script here; you can get the same result by editing the "classical"
As a starting point, disable all officially documented options which are
enabled by default: "./configure --disable-ncurses --disable-textmodemouse
Now for the "dirty" part: open the file ".config" (which was generated by
the configure script) in a text editor, and do the following (in parentheses:
effect of the change):
- set CONFIG_LOCALDIR to 0 (local directory listings will contain less
information, sorting can't be customized)
- set CONFIG_NETDIR to 0 (network directory listings (FTP) will contain less
- set CONFIG_RTCONFIG to 0 (retawq won't read run-time configuration files)
- add the line "#define DO_NOT_INLINE" (retawq will become slightly
Finally, say "make" to build the program. Let's have a look at the result,
for example when building version 0.1.4 on the x86 platform, Linux kernel
2.2.x, compiler GNU gcc 22.214.171.124 (leaving ncurses enabled because it's needed):
minimal - 83 KB; default - 103 KB; everything enabled - 115 KB. Support for
i18n costs about 7 KB, support for cookies about 9 KB here.
This documentation file is part of version 0.1.4 of retawq, a network client created by
Arne Thomaßen. retawq is basically released under
certain versions of the GNU General Public License and WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY.
Copyright (C) 2001-2002 Arne Thomaßen.