Building on Windows from scratch

Gary Bilkus mail at
Fri Dec 20 07:59:39 EST 2013

Thanks for the info.

I will set up a windows 32 bit virtual machine and try to follow the instructions one by one. Should I report each problem to this list or privately to somewhere else. I'm happy to put in the work to ensure that the instructions are clear.

BTW, the reason I want to be able to build gnucash from source is that I'm considering some enhancements which may be of interest to others and may not, but I am restricted to running on windows boxes at the moment. 

-----Original message-----
From:Christian Stimming <christian at>
Sent:Thu 19-12-2013 20:04
Subject:Re: Building on Windows from scratch
To:gnucash-devel at; 
CC:Gary Bilkus <mail at>; 
Dear Gary,

I've used those instructions several times, and quite successfully each time 
(although it takes hours). 

Am Donnerstag, 19. Dezember 2013, 09:36:28 schrieb Gary Bilkus:
> Has anyone actually succeeded in following the instructions on the wiki page
> I'm running Windows 7 64 bit. Almost every stage seems to fail - wget won't
> download automatically, crypt libraries are missing when you get wget,
> other libraries don't compile. I follow various threads to fix the
> problems, and finally get an executable which just crashes.

I think the 64-bit part causes quite some issues for you. The binaries are 
almost surely not 64-bit capable and those might result in many of the 
problems you're facing. 

Other than that, we could just ask you to list the problems, one by one and in 
detail, so that one by one those get fixed again, or extended so that win7 
64bit works as well.



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