Running a Safari 2 Standalone Alongside Safari 3

Before updating OSX to 10.4.11 I decided to create a standalone Safari with the excellent instructions provided by Michel Fortin on his blog. The main reason to keep Safari 2 is due to the need to continue to test sites with Safari 2 as this is still (at time of writing) the current version of Safari that is an A-grade browser in the Yahoo Graded browser support strategy.

Note: if you don't want to go to the lengths of creating your own Safari Standalone Michel has provided ready made apps for download.

Although these versions appear (from my limited testing) to work fully as expected please do bear in mind that this isn't 100% the same as having the original version of Safari (see the comment by Alex Rosenberg on Michel's site).
Michel has done a great job providing these standalone versions but I would ideally like to see Apple go to the lengths of providing "official" standalone Safari builds for developers.

Additional points to note

I renamed the binary to safari-2.04 instead of TrueSafari and I edited the shell-script linked in the instructions accordingly. This is the same process Michel used to create the ready-made apps available from here:

To show the version in the taskbar you can change the appropriate key in /Applications/ from this:




An issue I came across with the standalone that I had built was that one of my colleague's machines failed to load the standalone app. Console reported the following:

dyld: NSAddImage() error
dyld: Symbol not found: __ZNK3KJS6JSCell9getUInt32ERj
 Referenced from: /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/JavaScriptGlue.framework/Versions/A/JavaScriptGlue
 Expected in: /Applications/

To fix this I dropped a copy of my /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/JavaScriptGlue.framework (prior to 10.4.11 update) inside the app in /Applications/ and this resolved the issue.

Lastly and purely from an aesthetic point of view I decided to use a bronze Safari icon so that the three versions of Safari on my machine will be represented as follows:

Safari 2.04
Safari 3

If you'd like to do something different with your Safari icon, Ian lloyd has some nice instructions on how to modify app icons

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