[texworks] Building TeXworks on Windows using MinGW (was: Running on Windows XP)

T T t34www at googlemail.com
Sat Jun 13 20:50:57 CEST 2009

On 11/06/2009, Stefan Löffler <st.loeffler at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi again,
> On 2009-06-10 15:17, Stefan Löffler wrote:
>> T T schrieb:
>>> I wonder how difficult it would be to compile TW with MSYS/MinGW. That
>>> would get rid of this dependency.
>> I tried that once but didn't succeed. I'm no mingw pro at all, though.
>> IIRC my problem was getting all the dependencies to compile, but I may
>> be mistaken.
>> If you succeed I'd greatly appreciate a guide/walk-through. If you can
>> compile it on Windows using mingw, you may also be able to cross-compile
>> it from other platforms (e.g. Linux). That could make automatic
>> compilation/redistribution of the binaries much simpler.
>> Good luck :)
> I changed my mind (mainly because VC++ 2005 seems to be no longer
> available) since I booted into my Windows partition again today and
> managed to build TW using MinGW. I'll give a short overview over what I
> did in the hopes that some people on this list will try it and give me
> feedback. In that case I'll write a more comprehensive guide and send it
> to Jonathan for putting it on the wiki.

Thanks Stefan for the how-to. I doubt if I would ever get around to
attempt that myself (I wouldn't even know where to start). So thanks a

Now, I followed all the steps and also further directions from this
thread and I managed to compile something (not yet sure what) but it
doesn't work. When I start texworks.exe (release version) it
complaints about missing dlls. I have copied the ones I could find but
I don't see libxml2.dll anywhere.

Also, in MSVC version there was libhunspell.dll which I don't see
anywhere either, but maybe it was compiled-in statically and is not
needed anymore.



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