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How to build gcompris on Windows

FIXME: http://sources.redhat.com/ml/cygwin/1999-05/msg00249.html
       tells how to associate Gcompris.ico with Gcompris.exe

1: MINGW
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 * MinGW (www.mingw.org) is the Minimalist GNU for Windows.
   Unlike cygwin, apps built with MinGW don't require any middleware
   libraries to run.  That's why I chose it over cygwin for Gcompris.
 * Download the "MinGW" installer exe and install into c:\mingw\ .
 * Download the "MSYS" and "MSYS Developer Toolkit" installer exes
   and install into c:\msys\ .
 * if msvcrt.dll is not in your Windows/System folder, get it
   from http://www.simtel.net/simtel.net/win95/dll
   or by installing Internet Explorer 4.0 or higher


2: LIBRARY PREREQUISITES
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I installed each of the prerequisites in its own directory underneath
c:\msys\1.0\opt\, so that (1) they're easy to blow away piece-by-piece
to upgrade to newer versions, and (2) they show up as /opt/gtk, /opt/libxml,
and so on from msys, which is reasonably clear.  If you choose a different
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hierarchy make sure to tweak your Makefile.mingw.
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WARNING: Library Microsoft mscrt71.dll.
This library is needed only due to python.
Based on microsoft wev site, it is freely redistributable if you get
the free Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 Express Edition:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/326922/fr
This library is not free software.

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2.1 GTK
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+ gcompris needs gtk to run.
* Install the latest "GTK Runtime Environment"
  and "GTK Development Environment" -- *IN THAT ORDER* --
  from http://sourceforge.net/projects/gtk-win/
  into c:\msys\1.0\opt\gtk
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* edit /opt/gtk/bin/glib-gettextize, replace "/target" with "/gtk"
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* sanity check: you should now be able to run gtk-demo.exe from msys.

2.2 LIBXML2
===========
+ gcompris needs libxml2 to run.
* Snag a tarball from ftp://xmlsoft.org/ and untar it in your msys home directory.
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* ./configure --prefix=/libxml2; make; make install

2.3 OTHER
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Look at the NEEDED_DLLS section in the Makefile.mingw and make sure you have all of those.
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2.6 PREREQUISITE SUMMARY
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Check the file global_win32.mak to know which dependancies must
be provided and where.
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3: BUILDING GCOMPRIS.EXE
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* On GNU/Linux build GCompris as usually with a /usr/local prefix
  and run make install to install the translations and the data there.
  Then recompile for Windows with:
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  make -f Makefile.mingw prep - create the win32-install-dir
  make -f Makefile.mingw  - compilation step
  make -f Makefile.mingw  prepack - include all necessary libraries in the installer directory
  make -f Makefile.mingw install - include the generated code in the installer directory

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* Now on the windows system:
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  make -f Makefile.mingw python - create an embedded python interpreter
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* the win32-install-dir contains anything needed to run and package GCompris.
  Back to GNU/Linux, create the installer:
  make -f Makefile.mingw installer
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  The installer used is NSIS get it there:
  http://nsis.sourceforge.net/Main_Page

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The GCompris package is created, double click on it from your file manager
to test it.
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Additional Conditions for this Windows binary build
---------------------------------------------------

This program is linked with and uses Microsoft Distributable Code,
copyrighted by Microsoft Corporation. The Microsoft Distributable Code
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msvcr90.dll
msvcp90.dll
msvcm90.dll

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