Re: Windows dev-* environment

On Mon, 6 Oct 2008, Vlad Grecescu wrote:

> I think most of the people that use Gtk+ on Windows also use 
> autoconf/automake (think Inkscape, Geany, Pidgin). Unfortunately 
> they also use parralel Makefiles for win32.. having the 
> opportunity to compile unmodified (vanilla) Gtk+ software in 
> msys/mingw seems like a good idea to me.

Yes, it's a nice idea, but it requires that all build-related 
files be generalized beyond the usual assumptions that are valid 
for *nix platforms to encompass the full weirdness and oddity of 
MS Windows (R).  This is a heavy burden on app developers. 

In my experience, it's much easier (if, in the end, less 
satisfactory) to leave the auto* files with their *nix assumptions 
and write a separate makefile for Windows.

Allin Cottrell

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