Can't compile mintty-3.5.0

Brian Inglis
Thu Apr 29 04:46:07 GMT 2021

On 2021-04-26 06:14, Thomas Wolff wrote:
> Am 26.04.2021 um 14:06 schrieb Eliot Moss:
>> On 4/26/2021 8:00 AM, Lemures Lemniscati via Cygwin wrote:
>>> I tried to compile mintty-3.5.0,
>>> but failed with the message:
>>> windres -c 65001 --preprocessor 'gcc -E -xc -DRC_INVOKED -MMD -MP 
>>> -DTARGET=x86_64-pc-cygwin -DNDEBUG' res.rc ../bin/cygwin64/res.o
>>> /bin/sh: gcc -E -xc -DRC_INVOKED -MMD -MP -DTARGET=x86_64-pc-cygwin -DNDEBUG: 
>>> command not found
>>> windres: preprocessing failed.

>> windres should be in the binutils package.
> This is due to a bug in windres. The binutils 2.36 version is broken,
> see
> A workaround is available but I'd prefer to let them fix their bug.
> For now, please downgrade binutils to 2.35 and maybe make a copy of its windres 
> tool into your path.

Suggest Cygwin binutils windres be updated to revert the patch like Msys2:

as nothing appears to be happening with the issue in binutils; or else the 
downstreams need to use options as implemented rather than as per examples.
I'd expect a fix to the doc example rather than the code, as the developers may 
be going in a new direction, possibly to keep up with Windows updates.

It also appears that the quot() function should have been used rather than 
asprintf, as it takes account of build environment quoting rules, although it 
would be better if it could find out about and take account of the *runtime* 
shell environment quoting rules.

Take care. Thanks, Brian Inglis, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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