[tz] Building tzcode on Windows / MinGW

Esben Haabendal esbenhaabendal at gmail.com
Wed Mar 16 16:48:50 UTC 2016

On Sun, 2016-03-13 at 07:27 +0000, Matt Johnson wrote:
> With the recent contributions to tzcode, I understand that building
> under MinGW should now be possible.  However, I've gone through all
> the docs I could find on various ways to set up an environment for
> this, and despite my best efforts and several hours of frustration, I
> could not get a successful build.  
> It would be greatly appreciated if someone could either respond with
> a quick "how to", or post a blog or something explaining the minimal
> setup needed to make this work.  Which distribution do I download
> (MinGW, MinGW-w64), what environment do I need (cygwin, msys, bare
> windows), what minimal toolchain or cygwin packages, or msys
> packages, etc do I need?  Do I need "Win-builds"  (win-build.org)?
> Also, is compiling under Visual Studio possible?
> At the end of the day, I want a zic.exe that I can run against a
> specific set of tzdata source files, and a zdump.exe I can run on the
> binary output of zic.  I'd like to be able to run both on
> Windows without having to have anything special on the machine at
> runtime.


I am cross-building for Windows on Linux, so I cannot offer much help
on how to do development under Windows.


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