[FFmpeg-devel] [RFC] MinGW+FFmpeg survival guide

Reimar Döffinger Reimar.Doeffinger at gmx.de
Fri Jun 24 19:59:24 CEST 2011

On Fri, Jun 24, 2011 at 09:53:55PM +0400, Kirill Gavrilov wrote:
> On Fri, Jun 24, 2011 at 9:47 PM, Reimar Döffinger
> <Reimar.Doeffinger at gmx.de>wrote:
> > Using cygwin to cross-compile makes it very smooth without any
> > mess involved really.
> >
> Oh common. Cygwin is a real mess and I don't think that this environment
> good point for Win developer.
> As for me - I close with MSYS (sure I know difference between MSYS and
> Cygwin) when I firstly found
> how to build FFmpeg using cross-compiling tools under Ubuntu.
> Since this time life become really simpler and I got stable building
> environment :D.

You should maybe try it again, cygwin now comes with a really recent
version of mingw-w64 and a new-enough nasm so IMO the whole
install/setup/compile steps work far, far, far more smoothly
than MinGW/msys _ever_ did, and it should work for 64 bit as well.
The major disadvantage is that you have to build _everything_, including
zlib and other basic stuff first.
My main point though was that supporting ICL should work well enough
if it supports C99 - though you'll still lose inline asm I'd expect so
it's nothing really suitable for production use still.

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