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authorChris Wilson <>2009-03-20 00:52:03 +0000
committerChris Wilson <>2009-03-20 00:52:03 +0000
commita3d70474128afaab98bbd6fa343760eb61178302 (patch)
parentb4b298867da34934274984e8f528a888a575387a (diff)
Note that Wine and binfmts are required to cross-compile successfully.
Note that you have to find mingwm10.dll yourself, and where to find it on Debian/Ubuntu, and to modify parcels.txt to match.
1 files changed, 37 insertions, 3 deletions
diff --git a/docs/api-docs/backup/win32_build_on_linux_using_mingw.txt b/docs/api-docs/backup/win32_build_on_linux_using_mingw.txt
index 247d063d..47739d66 100644
--- a/docs/api-docs/backup/win32_build_on_linux_using_mingw.txt
+++ b/docs/api-docs/backup/win32_build_on_linux_using_mingw.txt
@@ -3,7 +3,7 @@ By Chris Wilson, 2005-12-07
Install the MinGW cross-compiler for Windows:
-- Debian users can "apt-get install mingw32"
+- Debian and Ubuntu users can "apt-get install mingw32"
- Fedora and SuSE users can download RPM packages from
@@ -12,7 +12,16 @@ It will usually be something like "ix86-mingw32*-". All the binaries in the
cross-compiler package will start with this prefix. The documentation below
assumes that it is "i386-mingw32-". Adjust to taste.
-Download Zlib from [], unpack and enter source directory:
+You will also need to install Wine and the Linux kernel "binary formats"
+(binfmt) support, so that you can run Windows executables on Linux,
+otherwise the configure scripts will not work properly with a cross-compiler.
+On Ubuntu, run:
+ apt-get install wine binfmt-support
+ /etc/init.d/binfmt-support start
+Start by downloading Zlib from [], unpack and enter
+source directory:
export CC=i386-mingw32-gcc
export AR="i386-mingw32-ar rc"
@@ -48,10 +57,35 @@ Configure and make:
export AR=i386-mingw32-ar
./configure --host=i386-mingw32 --prefix=/usr/local/i386-mingw32/
make winshared
+If you get this error:
+ ./dftables.exe pcre_chartables.c
+ /bin/bash: ./dftables.exe: cannot execute binary file
+ make: *** [pcre_chartables.c] Error 126
+then run:
+ wine ./dftables.exe pcre_chartables.c
+ make winshared
+to complete the build. Finally:
cp .libs/libpcreposix.a /usr/local/i386-pc-mingw32/lib
cp pcreposix.h /usr/local/i386-pc-mingw32/include
-Configure Box with:
+You will need to find a copy of mingwm10.dll that matches your cross-compiler.
+Most MinGW distributions should come with it. On Debian and Ubuntu, for some
+bizarre reason, you'll find it compressed as
+/usr/share/doc/mingw32-runtime/mingwm10.dll.gz, in which case you'll
+have to un-gzip it with "gzip -d". Copy it to a known location, e.g.
+Download and extract Box Backup, and change into the base directory,
+e.g. boxbackup-0.11rc2. Change the path to mingwm10.dll in parcels.txt to
+match where you found or installed it.
+Now configure Box with:
./configure --host=i386-mingw32 \
CXXFLAGS="-mthreads -I/usr/local/i386-mingw32/include" \