Building gtkmm on Win32
Currently, both the mingw (native win32) gcc compiler and MS Visual
Studio 2005 are supported. gtkmm can be built with mingw32-gcc using
the gnu autotools (automake, autoconf, libtool). As explicitly
stated in the gtk+ for win32 distribution (http://www.gimp.org/win32/),
the gcc compiler provided by the cygwin distribution should not be
used to build gtk+/gtkmm libraries and/or applications (see the
README.win32 that comes with the gtk+ DLLs). This MIGHT cause
conflicts between the cygwin and msvcrt runtime environments.
The mingw distribution which has been tested with this release is the
* MinGW-4.1 as the base distribution.
The bare mingw distribution does not provide the necessary tools (sh, perl, m4
, autoconf, automake, ..) to run the provided configure script "as is". One
(currently non supported) solution is to use mingw in conjunction with msys,
which is readily available on the mingw website (http://www.mingw.org/).
The preferred method is to combine the cygwin distribution (for the unix tools
that were mentioned above) with mingw by making sure that the mingw
tools (gcc, ld, dlltool, ..) are called first.
First, make sure that you have working distribution of the native port
of both libsigc++-2.0.x and gtk+-2.0 on win32 (see
http://www.gimp.org/win32). If you can't compile a simple gtk+ example
using gcc and `pkg-config --cflags --libs`, you should not even think
about trying to compile gtkmm, let alone using precompiled libgtkmm
DLLs to port your gtkmm application !
The configure script can then be called using (as an example) the
./configure --prefix=/target --build=i386-pc-mingw32 --disable-static
2. MS Visual Studio 2005
Open the gtkmm.sln solution file in the MSVC_Net2003 directory. In
the Tools/Options panel, add the appropriate GTK+, glibmm include and lib
directories to the Projects and Solutions/VC++ directories. Build the
Important NOTE : to circumvent the C++ compiler bug described in this
bugzilla entry (http://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=158040), it
is necessary to add '/vd2' to the list of compiler options when
building and/or using gtkmm with Visual Studio 2005.
gtkmm-2.8 will probably not work correctly with Visual Studio 7.1 or
below because of the aforementioned bug.
3. Gtkmm methods and signals not available on win32
All gtkmm methods and signals are available on win32.
4. Gtkmm examples and demos on win32
All demos and examples compile/run on win32