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			SWI-Prolog for Windows
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Last update: Sep 22, 2011

It   is   strongly   adviced    to     install    the    binaries   from
http://www.swi-prolog.org. They are shipped  with   a  readme  file that
explains  specific  issues  about  running  SWI-Prolog  on  the  Windows
platform.

Building from source used to be very  hard,   but  thanks to the work of
Degski it is now a bit more feasible. Still, you probably only want this
if you want to  do  development  on   SWI-Prolog  or  debug  issues with
C<->Prolog interfacing. See http://www.swi-prolog.org/build/windows.html
for details.

Degski says "being able to include  a   tuned  GMP/MPIR  in the build is
another one [JW: reason to build it yourself]. On x64, a tuned GMP/swipl
build is about 4 times faster as compared  to the generic build, so it's
really worth the trouble if one does alot of bignum stuff."

See also README.mingw, which  explains   building  SWI-Prolog  using the
MinGW (http://www.mingw.org/) toolchain.  This  can   also  be  used  to
cross-compile SWI-Prolog for Windows using e.g.  a Linux machine for the
compilation.