Commit 64bd539d authored by Philip Withnall's avatar Philip Withnall

docs: Drop outdated cross-building documentation from README.win32

It is very very outdated and irrelevant now.
Signed-off-by: Philip Withnall's avatarPhilip Withnall <>
parent aaac7a16
......@@ -5,9 +5,6 @@ Note that this document is not really maintained in a serious
fashion. Lots of information here might be misleading or outdated. You
have been warned.
The general parts, and the section about gcc and autoconfiscated
build, and about a Visual Studio build are by Tor Lillqvist.
......@@ -117,59 +114,6 @@ Before building GLib you must also have a GNU gettext-runtime
developer package. Get prebuilt binaries of gettext-runtime from .
Autoconfiscated build (with gcc)
Tor uses gcc 3.4.5 and the rest of the mingw utilities, including MSYS
from Somewhat earlier or later versions of gcc
presumably also work fine.
Using Cygwin's gcc with the -mno-cygwin switch is not recommended. In
theory it should work, but Tor hasn't tested that lately. It can
easily lead to confusing situations where one mixes headers for Cygwin
from /usr/include with the headers for native software one really
should use. Ditto for libraries.
If you want to use mingw's gcc, install gcc, win32api, binutils and
MSYS from
Tor invokes configure using:
CC='gcc -mtune=pentium3 -mthreads' CPPFLAGS='-I/opt/gnu/include' \
LDFLAGS='-L/opt/gnu/lib -Wl,--enable-auto-image-base' CFLAGS=-O2 \
./configure --disable-gtk-doc --prefix=$TARGET
The /opt/gnu mentioned contains the header files for GNU and (import)
libraries for GNU libintl. The build scripts used to produce the
prebuilt binaries are included in the "dev" packages.
Please note that the ./configure mechanism should not blindly be used
to build a GLib to be distributed to other developers because it
produces a compiler-dependent glibconfig.h.
Except for this and a few other minor issues, there shouldn't be any
reason to distribute separate GLib headers and DLLs for gcc and MSVC6
users, as the compilers generate code that uses the same C runtime
The DLL generated by either compiler is binary compatible with the
other one. Thus one either has to manually edit glibconfig.h
For MSVC7 and later (Visual C++ .NET 2003, Visual C++ 2005, Visual C++
2008 etc) it is preferred to use specific builds of GLib DLLs that use
the same C runtime as the code that uses GLib.
For GLib, the DLL that uses msvcrt.dll is called libglib-2.0-0.dll,
and the import libraries libglib-2.0.dll.a and glib-2.0.lib. Note that
the "2.0" is part of the "basename" of the library, it is not
something that libtool has added. The -0 suffix is added by libtool
and is the value of "LT_CURRENT - LT_AGE". The 0 should *not* be
thought to be part of the version number of GLib. The LT_CURRENT -
LT_AGE value will on purpose be kept as zero as long as binary
compatibility is maintained. For the gory details, see
and libtool documentation.
Building with Visual Studio
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