Native win32 port of libX11 using MinGW - help pls

Jeetu Golani jeetu.golani at
Wed Mar 12 11:32:14 PDT 2008

Hi everyone,

I've been trying to port libX11 to win32 since I'd like to have
xclients running natively under windows. I'd prefer not using Cygwin
and to have this native.

As test case to see how tall an order this is - if a huge rewrite
would be required - I wrote a test XClient and manually started to get
Xlib to statically compile/link against this i,e compiling each source
file and physically linking the object files together and then seeing
what else is required till it all compiles.

The result - the code works however since I didn't have the correct
definitions and I'm not using a Makefile (did not include XCB settings
etc)....I had to hack into the Xlib a little and comment out
problematic I know the Xlib source has thigns necessary
to work under Windows if I could only make it correctly with the
correct defines,etc.

Checking online I realized that someone (Alexander Gottwald) has
mentioned, way back in 2004, that he's added support for win32(mingw)
in libX11....however I can no longer find the build steps required.

I've tried cross compiling under linux passing the
--host=i586-mingw32msvc configure param......with absolutely
devastating's obvious it's not as simple as that.

Talking on the xorg IRC brought up an interesting point that if
Alexander Gottwald had added support for MinGW back in 2004 it could
be in the earlier imake mechanism and not in the current autoconf
based mechanism.

I'd sincerely appreciate any help explaining how I could get the code
to compile native using MinGW....I know it's's probably
already been willing to put in all the required effort
but quite honestly i need guidance....pls help.

Bye for now

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