[vlc-devel] [PATCH 1/7] configure: detect if we can run win32 executables

Steve Lhomme robux4 at ycbcr.xyz
Tue May 12 12:44:31 CEST 2020

On 2020-05-12 12:38, Martin Storsjö wrote:
> On Tue, 12 May 2020, Steve Lhomme wrote:
>> It is possible to run win32 executables when cross compiling with 
>> mingw64. It's
>> even mandatory to build contribs as it needs to call fxc.exe (currently
>> hardcoded to use wine).
> Keep in mind that there's a bit of complication regarding this. We can't 
> generally assume/hope to be able to run the compiled applications - if 
> compiling for windows/arm64, we won't be able to run the apps we build 
> for the target architecture. But e.g. fxc.exe is explicitly built for an 
> x86 windows architecture in these cases.
> Not sure how it works for WIX for building MSI files (I haven't tried 
> that), but if that's existing binaries that are run in wine, it should 
> work fine - even if this configure test would fail when targeting arm64.

Yes, for now the goal is only to support WIX.

I gave vlc-cache-gen a try, but I forgot the PATH needs to include 
src/.libs and lib/.libs so that it can find the DLLs and run properly 
(something I set in my dev environment).

I may run it via the win32 packaging makefile, once the EXE and DLLs are 
in a proper place. There is no need to generate a plugins.dat or it 
would be invalid in the installed version. But it should be possible to 
create it just before doing the .7z, .exe and .msi.

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