Compiling taglib 1.5 under mingw and msys fails

Lukáš Lalinský lalinsky at
Mon Apr 7 21:35:11 CEST 2008

On Ne, 2008-04-06 at 19:29 +0100, Neil Potter wrote:
> Hi,
> I am having problems building the 1.5 release of TabLib using mingw
> under msys.
> I downloaded the release and uncompressed/tar to a directory. I then
> followed the instructions in the INSTALL file - however the build
> fails.
> I did manage to build taglib 1.4 under msys/ming however the tags it
> is writing are causing problems for several different applications
> (which do support ID 3v2 tags) - which is why I would like to try a
> more up-to-date version (my application is being developed under msys
> in order to allow me to port it to Linux).
> Output from configure and make are included at the bottom of the
> email.
> ./configure seems to give a few error/warning messages but it does
> succeed - however if I then run make that fails.
> After inspecting the configure output, I took a look at
> - however I don't know perl nor do I understand what the script is
> trying to do.
> I am running GNU automake 1.10.1 and GNU Autoconf 2.61.
> Any advice/assistance would be much appreciated as I am not really
> sure where to go from here.

The automake/autoconf based build system was never ported to Windows.
The build needs a MAKE_TAGLIB_LIB macro to be defined, in order to
export DLL symbols, rather than trying to import them. You can either
patch one of the automake files to define this macro, or better, use


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