REQUEST FOR TESTERS: `devel/mingw32-gcc'

Stephen Montgomery-Smith stephen at
Sun Mar 29 12:31:48 PDT 2009

Coleman Kane wrote:
> On Sat, 2009-03-28 at 20:37 -0500, Stephen Montgomery-Smith wrote:
>> Coleman Kane wrote:
>>> I haven't seen any activity on the above email, and I am curious if:
>>>  1) It was missed (and this really does affect people)
>>>  2) Nobody cross-compiles using the mingw32-* ports (it is really very 
>>> handy!)
>>>  3) Nobody really cares that mingw32-gcc will move from 3.4.5 --> 4.2.0
>>> Please, if this affects you test out the above port tarball! Otherwise, 
>>> this will end up going in and not take into account any problems that 
>>> might arise in your environment.
>>> -- 
>>> Coleman Kane
>> I just saw that this message is about two years old, and that the commit 
>> must have been made years ago.
>> Sorry for the noise.
> Thanks. It was handled off-line and we did the upgrade.

Still, the mingw32 port is really rather impressive.  When I first 
thought of cross compiling for Windows, I started by reading the online 
documentation at the mingw32 web sites.  It was quite unreadable, giving 
one no place to start.  I still wouldn't know how to cross compile for 
Windows under Linux.

By contrast, the mingw32 ports in FreeBSD simply worked out of the box, 
and it was a tremendous relief to see how effective and simple it was.


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