[vbox-dev] Windows build requirements for MinGW

Michal Necasek michal.necasek at oracle.com
Mon Jun 26 17:51:53 GMT 2017

 Because MinGW 3.3.3 is what's used for the official builds and it's known to be working. Other versions may well work, they just aren't positively known to be working.

 And no, MinGW is not needed for the Guest Additions at all.

     - Michal

----- Original Message -----
From: flint at flint-inc.ru
To: vbox-dev at virtualbox.org
Sent: Monday, June 26, 2017 7:17:12 PM GMT +01:00 Amsterdam / Berlin / Bern / Rome / Stockholm / Vienna
Subject: [vbox-dev] Windows build requirements for MinGW


The wiki page https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Windows%20build%20instructions 
says that for 32-bit build one requires MinGW 3.3.3. Why exactly this version? I 
tried to build VB using MinGW32 version 4.5.4 (the same rubenvb build as 
MinGW64), and it compiled without problems (except that I had to patch 
configure.vbs, obviously). I did not test yet whether it works, though...

The only thing I did not compile is Guest Additions. Is it for them that version 
3.3.3 is needed? Or, maybe, some runtime compatibility with older systems (like 
WinXP)? Or is it just legacy restriction not required anymore but forgotten to 
be updated?

Bye.                                    With best regards,
                                        Konstantin Vlasov.

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