Status update on MinGW-W64 in Fedora

Erik van Pienbroek erik at
Sat Feb 25 23:15:53 UTC 2012

Hi everybody,

Three days ago we've received a message from Red Hat Legal that it is
okay to use the MinGW-W64 toolchain in Fedora (from their legal point of
view). As a result of this wonderful news we (Kalev and I) have worked
very hard to get the MinGW-W64 toolchain introduced in Fedora. After
all, we're still trying to get everything available in Fedora 17.

Today has been a great day. Both the mingw-crt and mingw-headers
packages were approved in the package review proces! We're currently
waiting for the git repos to be created. After that the fun can start.

In the mail I sent three days ago I mentioned the plan to have all 5
toolchain packages (filesystem, binutils, gcc, headers and crt) approved
before kicking of the mass rebuild. However, we started to diverge a bit
from this plan. The main priority now is to get the mass rebuild done
for Fedora 17. As there currently are no mingw packages in Fedora which
require win64 support in order to build we decided to delay the gcc and
binutils reviews. So initially there will only be support for win32
binaries using the mingw-w64 toolchain.

When the mingw-w64 toolchain for the i686-w64-mingw32 target is in place
(which will likely be tomorrow) we can start performing a mass rebuild
of all mingw packages in Fedora 17 against the new toolchain.

Once the mass rebuild is completed we can continue with the reviews of
the mingw-binutils and mingw-gcc packages and start with adding win64

Kind regards,

Erik van Pienbroek

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