Compiling GNUCash

John Ralls jralls at
Fri Jan 6 22:54:04 EST 2017

> On Jan 6, 2017, at 7:35 PM, Stephen Brown <StephenBrown165 at> wrote:
> Hi All
> So far I have come across three different methods of compiling gnucash.
> One is under Linux but as I do not have a machine running Linux I will not be able to test there.
> The second is under cygwin on a Microsoft Windows machine. I have successfully done that.
> The third is under msys on a Microsoft Windows machine. I am about to download and compile.
> I am meditating on combing these three methods into one.
> I  realize that I am going to have to identify and then switch build environments in autogen code and in C,C++ code and maybe others.
> Any feedback on this idea is welcome.

What you do for entertainment is completely up to you, but I don't see any reason anyone else should be interested. We have a working build setup for Windows using MSYS. It's overly complicated and I can't imagine a reason to make it even more so by introducing Cygwin.

Now if you were to write a new build system to get rid of MingGW entirely and use Microsoft's toolchain...

John Ralls

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