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Warning: those guides are mostly obsolete, please have a look at the new documentation.


Setting up MinGW and MSYS on a Windows system
Fetch and run the MinGW - Minimalist GNU for Windows binary installer. Then create a shortcut on your desktop against MSYS's provided bash,
Right-click on the desktop > new Text Document --> msys.bat
C:\MinGW\msys\1.0\bin\bash.exe --login -i
Add MinGW's binaries to your PATH,
System Properties > Advanced / Environment Variables
add C:\MinGW\msys\1.0\bin;
Configure your environment,
echo syn off > .vimrc
vim .profile
case "$-" in *i*)
alias ll='ls -alkF'
alias rm='rm -i'
alias cp='cp -i'
alias mv='mv -i'
alias vi='vim'
note. using .profile instead of .bash* will make it work for any terminal, e.g. "minsys.bat" and "bash --login -i".
apply immediately,
source .profile
More applications
With the base system basically end up with this:
- a C compiler,
- a C++ compiler,
- and basic Unix commands.
To install additional packages, either run the mingw-get-setup.exe again to proceed directly the the mingw-get GUI or fetch them from sourceforge repository ( and extract them directly to /usr/,
mkdir man/
cd man/
for lz in \
  man-1.6f-2-msys-1.0.13-lic.tar.lzma \
  man-1.6f-2-msys-1.0.13-doc.tar.lzma \
  man-1.6f-2-msys-1.0.13-lang.tar.lzma \
  man-1.6f-2-msys-1.0.13-bin.tar.lzma; do
  wget "$lz"
  tar xkf $lz -C /usr
unset lz
Note. you can access e.g. the D: drive by typing,
cd /d
For example to compile menu_one from the winprog tutorial,
cd ~/source/menu_one/
windres.exe menu_one.rc menu_oneres.o
gcc -o menu_one.exe menu_one.c menu_oneres.o
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