Compiling vlc under Windows

Gildas Bazin gbazin at
Fri Feb 22 19:53:19 CET 2002

Great news!

MSYS 1.0.5 is out and compiling vlc with it under windows is a piece of cake 

For those who don't know MSYS, it's a minimal build environnement to compile 
unixish projects under windows. (it provides all the common unix tools like 
sh, gmake...).

To compile vlc under windows:
1. Download msys 1.0.5 and mingw 1.1 from
2. follow the msys instructions (basically extract msys in c:\, extract mingw 
in c:\msys\1.0\mingw. Becareful about CR/LF conversions when you extract msys)
3. go into your vlc directory and type "MAKE=gmake ./configure" and then 
"MAKE=gmake gmake"

And that's it :)

Well I had a few little problems but nothing serious: ./configure doesn't 
pass the "ggc groks altivec" test and you have to kill the cc1.exe process to 
unblock the script, also I had to run configure twice to have defs.h created 
(?) and I sometimes had to re-run gmake because it would complain that it 
couldn't create a .dep directorie (but as soon as you re-run it everything 

Happy compiling.


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