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MSYS2 Windows Installer build notes
This document is about building Freeciv Windows Installer packages
using MSYS2 from http://msys2.github.io
- Msys1, not msys2, is still the official freeciv Windows Installer
- With very specific configure options (see Problems) and msys2 package
selection freeciv can be built
- Buildable clients are gtk3, gtk2, and Qt
- Official pre-made msys2 environment supports only gtk3-client build
- Both server, gtk3-client, and gtk2-client launch ok, Qt client does not
- Most Installers cannot be built
- Buildable Installers:
- Both win32 and win64 builds work, but only when also the installer
package for whole msys2 system matches (despite installation always
having mingw32 and mingw64 portions, in addition to build-system
specific common part)
So if you have installed 32bit package, do not use mingw64_shell
at all. More surprisingly, if you have installed 64bit package,
do not use mingw32_shell in it at all.
This chapter is about creating new msys2 build environment.
If you want to reproduce more official freeciv builds, the environment
used to make those builds is documented in the next chapter ("Premade environment"),
with listing of versions current at the time of this freeciv version.
1) Install MSYS2 following the documentation on their homepage
for win32 or
1.2) Run it to install MSYS2 on build system
1.3) Launch msys2_shell to update packages
> pacman -Su
2) Install following packages with 'pacman -Su'
2.1) Packages needed for building freeciv
These packages are needed even if you don't plan to make installer,
but only build freeciv for local use.
2.1.1) Arch independent packages needed for building freeciv
22.214.171.124) Arch independent packages always needed for building freeciv
With these packages it's possible to build freeciv source tree that
has already such generated files present that are created for the
126.96.36.199) Arch independent packages needed for getting and extracting freeciv
188.8.131.52) Arch independent packages needed for building freeciv from svn checkout
These are needed in addition to the ones always needed for building freeciv.
2.1.2) Arch-specific packages needed for building freeciv
184.108.40.206) Arch-specific packages for building common parts
- mingw-w64-i686-gcc / mingw-w64-x86_64-gcc
- mingw-w64-i686-icu / mingw-w64-x86_64-icu
- mingw-w64-i686-curl / mingw-w64-x86_64-curl
- mingw-w64-i686-bzip2 / mingw-w64-x64_64-bzip2
- mingw-w64-i686-readline / mingw-w64-x86_64-readline
- mingw-w64-i686-SDL2_mixer / mingw-w64-x86_64-SDL2_mixer
220.127.116.11) Arch-specific packages for building gtk3-client
- mingw-w64-i686-gtk3 / mingw-w64-x86_64-gtk3
18.104.22.168) Arch-specific packages for buildind Qt-client and/or Ruledit
- mingw-w64-i686-qt5 / mingw-w64-x86_64-qt5
22.214.171.124) Arch-specific packages for building gtk2-client
- mingw-w64-i686-gtk2 / mingw-w64-x86_64-gtk2
2.2) Packaged needed for building installer package
These are needed in addition to above ones used in the
building step already.
2.2.1) Arch-specific packages needed for building installer
- mingw-w64-i686-nsis / mingw-w64-x86_64-nsis
2.3) Packages TODO:
- Mixer support
- Clients other than gtk3 and gtk2
- MagickWand support
Premade msys2 environment is available for download from
Current versions are
msys2-freeciv-win32-160821.7z, based on
Replace <arch> with 'i686' in package names below
msys2-freeciv-win64-160821.7z, based on
Replace <arch> with 'x86_64' in package names below
Following packages have been installed:
Launch msys2 shell. Get the freeciv sources there
somehow. Some options are:
1) Download freeciv tarball within msys2 shell with wget
2) Use svn within msys2 shell to get them from version control
3) Copy them from Windows folder where they are to a directory that
is within msys2
> cd win32/installer_msys2
> make <targets>
Target can be:
- "<gui>-installer", where <gui> is
- "snapshot", if your freeciv sources are in svn checkout directory
You can also set minimum Windows version targeted. While setting this
to an older version allows those Windows versions to run the created
executables, it may come with the cost of disabling functionality that
newer Windows versions could otherwise have.
The version is set via MIN_WIN_VER variable. For values to use, see
list in: https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/6sehtctf.aspx
Current default is 0x0600 (Windows Vista).
- Freeciv linked against readline in msys2 does not work.
Configure freeciv with --without-readline
- Checking if files are bzip2 compressed crashes freeciv.
Disable bzip2 support with --without-libbz2
- Bzip2 based compression support was disabled without
removing any dll's from the installer packages.
Please review what related dlls are packaged and could be
- Qt program installers; qt-client and ruledit
- sdl2-client installer
- Both win32 and win64 packages built from a single build environment
- Readline support