compiler for KDE4/win32 binary packages

Jarosław Staniek js at
Thu Apr 12 12:25:07 CEST 2007

Stephan Kulow said the following, On 2007-04-12 11:00:

>>>> On win32 we support two compilers to compile kde4. Because they're
>>>> binary incompatible, it is not possible to mix mingw and msvc libs and
>>>> executables and we have to take care that the end-user does not get
>>>> into this situation. Also msvc is not supported by the open-source
>>>> version of Qt4.
>>>> So my question is - are there any objections against the plan to
>>>> release binaries for mingw only?
>>>> If not - can we somewhere write this down to avoid a discussion why not
>>>> to release msvc binaries in the future?
>>> I can see how it could matter for the reader of - but why
>>> would it
>>> matter for those downloading the release? Is there something I don't see?
>> The Problem for the user is that he downloads a program compiled for mingw
>> but only has installed msvc libs which does not work. -> The user is
>> confused.
> When you say msvc libs you're talking about kdelibs compiled with msvc, right?
> If we only support mingw shipments as you suggest, I don't see that danger. I 
> see no advantage for shipping msvc too - beside to developers. And these libs 
> we need to hide well under cryptic names :)

I thought the goal is to have libs for both compilers kept even in one dir, 
thanks to prefixes/suffixes?
Users do not care - chances are some apps will be available as msvc-only and 
some as mingw-only, just because developers preference. Users want latest 
stable version of an app...

regards / pozdrawiam, Jaroslaw Staniek
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