Building on Windows from scratch

Gary Bilkus mail at
Fri Dec 20 09:25:26 EST 2013

I will probably set up a dedicated linux box to do any actual development, but the end result has to work for other people who only have Windows knowledge and are not willing to mess around with virtual systems etc.

Since I have no right to expect that any changes I make will end up in the official build, I need to satisfy myself that I can build on Windows first.

-----Original message-----
From:Colin Law <clanlaw at>
Sent:Fri 20-12-2013 13:27
Subject:Re: Building on Windows from scratch
To:Gary Bilkus <mail at>; 
CC:gnucash-devel at; Christian Stimming <christian at>; 
On 20 December 2013 12:59, Gary Bilkus <mail at> wrote:
> 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.

Have you considered running ubuntu (for example) in a virtual machine
such as vmware or virtualbox?   I suspect the hassle of doing that
would be much less than that of developing on Windows.


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