Documentation on W32

B. Scott Michel scottm at
Thu Sep 27 01:52:21 CEST 2012

On 9/15/2012 3:43 AM, Eli Zaretskii wrote:
>> mingw32 is _not_ broken, far from that.  It is just somewhat slow in
>> catching up with the latest MS headers and functions, that's all.

Really slow. Painfully so.

>> Mingw32 is currently the _only_ package that allows building software
>> packages that use autoconf on Windows platforms, without extensive
>> tinkering with the infrastructure (such as the shell used to run the
>> scripts and Makefiles) or recompiling lots of basic libraries that are
>> already available in precompiled form from the MinGW site.  That site
>> provides everything that is needed:

That's not completely true. You can install MSys independently from
Mingw32, as the Mingw64 web pages suggest. MSys provides the usual
niceties that you enumerated.

You'd run into a problem, however, if you didn't specify CC and CXX for
configure and make because gcc and g++ would be missing.

That's how my current development environment is configured --
"CC=x86_64-w64-mingw32-gcc -m32" for 32-bit compiles.



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