Gears is not supported
Project Member Reported by firstname.lastname@example.org, Jun 2 2009
Tracking bug for the Mac OS known issue: Gears is not supported.
Jun 17 2009,
Jul 28 2009,
we're not supporting gears on mac in favor of HTML5 additions.
Jul 29 2009,
I guess the essential about this is that things such as offline Gmail (which claim to require Gears) work (which it doesn't at the moment).
Aug 5 2009,
pinkerton, note (AFAIK) that HTML5 doesn't provide any geolocation, so if Gears is not supported please do provide support for the w3c geo stuff. Right now, neither the gears nor the w3c location calls work.
Sep 24 2009,
Geo location API is being tracked with Issue 11246
Oct 1 2009,
It's a little confusing that this issue is listed on http://sites.google.com/a/chromium.org/dev/developers/mac-known-issues despite being WontFix. Is there another issue for offline support (etc) that can be linked from that page instead? (I couldn't find one.)
Oct 12 2009,
So what is the plan for that HTML 5 support and gmail being enabled to recognize the offline email support? I just cant use gmail properly is i cannot access my stuff when offline. This is a very important feature.
Oct 27 2009,
Issue 25726 has been merged into this issue.
Nov 26 2009,
Following up on Comment #6: Why is this still listed on "mac-known-issues" if it is marked as "won't fix"?
Dec 2 2009,
@pinkerton Let me summarize current state of offline services support in Chromium. 1. There _are_ Gears in Chrome for Windows. 2. You do not want to support Gears in Chromium in favor of HTML5's Offline Storage. 3. HTML5 Offline Storage is not supported neither by GMail, as well as any Gears- relied service. Did I miss something?
Dec 14 2009,
Issue 30279 has been merged into this issue.
Jan 5 2010,
BOTTOM LINE PLEASE: when will we be able to use gmail offline on chrome for MAC?
Jan 15 2010,
Any news about Gmail offline support on Chromium?
Mar 5 2010,
This needs to be looked back into. Whether or not gears will be supported, offline support for gmail and reader should be there. Either add support for gears or hurry up with the HTML5 support.
Mar 5 2010,
One other factor to consider is that Firefox 3.6 also has no supported gears at this point. That leaves mac users without offline gmail support. Perhaps that's not completely a chromium concern, but it doesn't leave mac users with a good feeling about gmail and other tools that rely on gears. Note that there is a gears that has been user built that mostly seems to work on Firefox 3.6, so that suggests that Snow Leopard has sufficient support for gears (something that I had heard rumors was not the case). I haven't tried gears for safari, so there might be one option for those of us who rely on gears day to day.
Oct 5 2010,
Gears seems to work just fine in Snow Leopard. Btw, Gears is also missing from the Linux port of Chrome. It doesn't make sense to only have Gears support in the Windows port. To attain consistency, either remove Gears from the Windows port too or support Gears in all ports until at least major web apps (the google ones) move over to HTML 5 for their offline features.
Oct 12 2012,
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