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Work in progress

Moving the WebObjects frameworks from a Mac to a Windows machine

The WebObjects frameworks are part of the Xcode tools distribution (available on the Mac OS X DVD, or as a download from Apple, see below) which cannot be installed on a Windows (or any Linux/UNIX variant) machine directly. So, before developing on Windows, you will need to get access on a Mac, make a archive of the frameworks and move this archive to your Windows machine. You can extract the frameworks from XCode without having to install them on the intermediate Mac.

  • Obtain Xcode 2.5 (if you want to work with WebObjects 5.3), or Xcode 3.0 (if you want to work with WebObjects 5.4) at ADC. Note that you will need to sign up for an ADC membership, but the "online" membership is free.
  • Mount, on a Mac, the DMG file.
cp /Volumes/Xcode\ Tools/Packages/Packages/WebObjectsRuntime.pkg/Contents/Archive.pax.gz /tmp
cd /tmp
unzip Archive.pax.gz
pax -r -f Archive.pax
tar cf WebObjectsRuntime.tar Library System
cp WebObjectsRuntime.tar -> Windows

Create the file structure on your Windows machine

1) Create the structure:
C:\Apple\Local\Library\Frameworks (equivalent to /Library/Frameworks on the Mac)
C:\Apple\Library\Frameworks (equivalent to /System/Library/Frameworks on the Mac)

2) Copy all the frameworks from /System/Library/Frameworks on a Mac that are named Java* except for JavaScriptCore and JavaVM to C:\Apple\Library\Frameworks

mv WebObjectsRuntime.tar/Library/* C:\Apple\Local\Library\Frameworks
mv WebObjectsRuntime.tar/System/Library/* C:\Apple\Library\Frameworks

3) If you copied a 5.2, you will need to put a Windows License.key in JavaWebObjects.framework/Resources.  If you copied a 5.3, I think it's a universal license key.

4) Create a file in C:\Documents and Settings\<your user>\Library with the contents:
eclipse.home=C:/Programs Files/eclipse

Install Eclipse and WOLips

5) Install eclipse Classic

6) Install WOLips nightly from


That should be it, I think?  The things that are problematic right now on Windows:
1) The woproject/.patternset don't work quite right on Windows.  If you don't have subfolders in your Resources/Components/etc, you can work around it by converting Components///etc/* to Components/, same w/ Resources and WebServerResources
2) Couple images have backgrounds that should not
3) Outline view in component editor is not right
4) AutoOpenInBrowser doesn't work unless you override Application._isSupportedDevelopmentPlatform to return true

I THINK that was it, but there might have been a couple other misc items .. I'll have to go back through and doublecheck.

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