Commit aa44ece6 authored by Chun-wei Fan's avatar Chun-wei Fan

README.win32: Give details about MSVC builds

Give a more detailed outline of the steps needed for a Visual Studio
build of GLib.
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Meson is now the supported method of building GLib using Visual Studio.
Note that you will need a libintl implementation, zlib, and libFFI.
Note that you will need a libintl implementation, zlib, and libFFI, and
optionally PCRE1, which should preferably be built with the same compiler
that is now being used to build GLib. Ensure that their headers, .lib's
and DLLs can be found in the paths specified by the INCLUDE, LIB and PATH
envvars. The Meson build process will pull in a copy of the ZLib and the
libFFI sources if they cannot be found, and will build an in-source copy
of PCRE1 if PCRE1 cannt be found.
One can also refer to the following page for building the dependencies:
https://wiki.gnome.org/Projects/GTK%2B/Win32/MSVCCompilationOfGTKStack
You will also need the following items:
-Python 3.6.x, you need the 32-bit version if you are building GLib
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and optional for 2010, 2015 and 2017 builds, where Visual Studio projects
can be generated instead of the Ninja build files.
One can also refer to the following page for building the dependencies:
To do a build using Meson, do the following:
https://wiki.gnome.org/Projects/GTK%2B/Win32/MSVCCompilationOfGTKStack
-Open a Visual Studio (or SDK) command prompt that matches the Visual Studio
version and build platform (Win32/x86, x64, etc.) that will be used in all
the following steps.
-Create an empty directory/folder for the build. It needs to be in the same
drive as where your GLib sources are located (i.e. $(GLIB_SRCDIR)). cd into
that directory/folder.
-Setup your PATH envvar:
set PATH=%PATH%;$(PYTHON_INSTALL_DIR);$(NINJA_DIR)
where PYTHON_INSTALL_DIR is where Python 3.6.x+ is installed to, and NINJA_DIR
is where your ninja executable can be found. The NINJA_DIR can be omitted if one
passes --backend=vs to the Meson configuration line, for Visual Studio 2010, 2015
and 2017 builds.
-Configure the build using Meson:
python $(PYTHON_INSTALL_DIR)\scripts\meson.py $(GLIB_SRCDIR) --buildtype=$(build_configuration) --prefix=$(INSTALL_PREFIX) [--backend=vs]
Please see the Meson docs for an explanation for --buildtype, the path passed for
--prefix need not to be on the same drive as where the build is carried out, but
it is recommended to use forward slashes for this path. The --backend=vs can be
used if the Visual Studio project generator is preferred over using Ninja, for
Visual Studio 2010, 2015 and 2017 builds.
-Build, test and install the build:
Run ninja (and ninja test and ninja install) or open the generated Visual Studio
projects to compile, test and install the build.
Note that if building the sources with Visual Studio 2008, note the following steps:
Note that if building the sources with Visual Studio 2008, note the following
additional items:
-You need to run the following lines from your build directory, to embed the manifests
that are generated during the build, assuming the built binaries are installed
......@@ -197,6 +237,7 @@ for /r %f in (*.exe.manifest) do if exist $(PREFIX)\bin\%~nf mt /manifest %f $(P
-If building for amd64/x86_64/x64, sometimes the compilation of sources may seem to hang, which
is caused by an optimization issue in the 2008 x64 compiler. You need to use Task Manager to
remove all running instances of cl.exe, which will cause the build process to terminate. Update
the build flags of the sources that hang on compilation by changing its "/O2" flag to "/O1", and
retry the build, where things should continue to build normally. At the time of writing, this
is needed for compiling glib/gtestutils.c, gio/gsettings.c and gio/gsettingsschema.c
the build flags of the sources that hang on compilation by changing its "/O2" flag to "/O1"
in build.ninja, and retry the build, where things should continue to build normally. At the
time of writing, this is needed for compiling glib/gtestutils.c, gio/gsettings.c and
gio/gsettingsschema.c
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