View Full Version : how to compile for run in windows

November 2nd, 2007, 03:48 AM
hi, i need to compile thunderbird from source...... but haha

small catch

i need to compile it for running in windows. how does one do this in linux, seeing as compiling from source in windows has always, ALWAYS, been a pain in the [rear] for me, unless i write the code myself.

Or if someone could tell me how to compile it via Dev C++ in windows that would be very much appreciated

November 3rd, 2007, 12:15 AM
Cross-compiling for Windows is not easy, I don't know if it is even possible.

This page (http://developer.mozilla.org/en/docs/Windows_Build_Prerequisites) says that you need Microsoft Visual Studio for compiling Thunderbird for Windows.

Maybe the easiest way to get this working is downloading Microsoft Visual Studio Express Edition (http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/express/default.aspx), which is the free version of Visual Studio, and see if you can compile it on Windows with that.

November 8th, 2007, 07:43 PM
I had to do this for my c++ class.

sudo apt-get install mingw32
This will install gcc and g++ and alot of other tools you need for compiling.
Their naming convention is a little wierd, i586-mingw32msvc-(toolname such as g++ or gcc).

Go into the thunderbird makefile and make sure all tools point to the mingw alternatives. Though thunderbird isn't exactly as light weight as my little c++ programs and it uses a gui so I dont know how all that works. But hope this gives you a start.