Thu Jun 2 05:01:00 GMT 2011
The mingw-w32api package provides the w32api headers and import
libraries for the Win32 API, packaged in a manner suitable for use
with the i686-pc-mingw32 cross compiler. It is intended to remain
in sync with the original 'w32api' package, which contains the same
products packaged for use with the native cygwin compiler.
These headers and libraries are used by the MinGW cross toolchain, as
well as by the (deprecated) gcc3 compiler in its -mno-cygwin mode.
!!!! WARNING !!!!
IF you are attempting to update an existing cygwin installation, which
has the gcc-mingw 'add-on' packages installed (*), then you MUST
upgrade the gcc-mingw packages to version 20050522-3 or newer, before
installing this package. Do NOT attempt to upgrade gcc-mingw and
install this package during the same setup.exe event. The reason for
this restriction is fairly complex, and is detailed here:
If you are reading this announcement AFTER having messed up your cygwin
installation, because you didn't follow these instructions or didn't
know about them, then see the section in this message
that begins with "HELP!!!" and follow the suggestions there to "fix" it.
(*) gcc-mingw packages are "add-ons" to the gcc-3 compiler suite, and
provide the necessary files for the -mno-cygwin mode of that
compiler. Ideally, this package and the accompanying
i686-pc-mingw32 cross compiler will supplant the old
'gcc-3 -mno-cygwin' mode.
*** NOTE ***
If you have installed the "missing" mingw cross compiler packages from
then you need take no special action. This package will simply upgrade
the cygutils.fruitbat.org one.
NOTE: Chris Sutcliff is still the w32api maintainer, and has graciously
consented to also continue maintainance of this new mingw-w32api package,
once our cross-compiler teething issues have settled down.
To update your installation, click on the "Install Cygwin now" link
on the http://cygwin.com/ web page. This downloads setup.exe to
your system. Then, run setup and answer all of the questions.
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