Sunday, June 28, 2009

MinGW: Compiling Zlib

Zlib is an essential compression library that's required by most open-source software. Download the zlib source and unpack it with unzip or 7zip. Then, compile Zlib like this:

make -f win32/Makefile.gcc

You may have to edit Makefile.gcc if some headers can't be found.

CC = $(PREFIX)gcc -I/mingw/include
RC = $(PREFIX)windres -I/mingw/include

Manually copy the files as follows:

cp -iv zlib1.dll /mingw/bin
cp -iv zconf.h zlib.h /mingw/include
cp -iv libz.a libz.dll.a /mingw/lib

Building 64-bit zlib

Install MinGW64 (as shown in this post or this post). Compile 64-bit zlib as follows:

make -f win32/Makefile.gcc CC=x86_64-w64-mingw32-gcc RC=x86_64-w64-mingw32-windres

Then, install the files.

make -f win32/Makefile.gcc install BINARY_PATH=/mingw/bin INCLUDE_PATH=/mingw/include LIBRARY_PATH=/mingw/lib SHARED_MODE=1

Compiling 32-bit/64-bit Zlib with TDM-GCC MinGW-w64

As far as I know, TDM-GCC does not come with MSYS. So we'll use the Command Prompt (cmd.exe). To build a 32-bit zlib, we need to edit win32/Makefile.gcc so that LOC and RCFLAGS have the following values.

LOC = -m32 -mms-bitfields
RCFLAGS = -F pe-i386 --define GCC_WINDRES

To build a 64-bit zlib, we need different values for LOC and RCFLAGS.

LOC = -m64 -mms-bitfields
RCFLAGS = -F pe-x86-64 --define GCC_WINDRES

Now, let's run mingw32-make on Makefile.gcc.

C:\MinGW64\bin\mingw32-make.exe -f win32\Makefile.gcc

We get these files: zlib1.dll, libz.a, libz.dll.a.

Cross-compile Zlib from Linux

To cross-compile Zlib for Window from inside Linux, just type this command (for Debian Wheezy and Later):

make -f win32/Makefile.gcc CC=/usr/bin/i686-w64-mingw32-gcc RC=/usr/bin/i686-w64-mingw32-windres

For Debian squeeze and previous versions, you should have installed the mingw32-runtime, mingw32-binutils and mingw packages. The command will be a bit different.

make -f win32/Makefile.gcc CC=/usr/bin/i586-mingw32msvc-gcc RC=/usr/bin/i586-mingw32msvc-windres

Then, install the generated files as shown above. Read this post for more information on setting up MinGW on Linux. and zlib.pc

Depending on situations, you may have to create and zlib.pc. is a libtool library file and it is used when the compilation process involves the use of libtool. I found that is needed when I try to compile a shared library for the latest version (1.6.0) of libpng. Either write it on your own with a text editor or download one from the Internet. The following is a sample that should be put in /mingw/lib.

# - a libtool library file
# Generated by (GNU libtool) 2.2.6b
# Please DO NOT delete this file!
# It is necessary for linking the library.

# The name that we can dlopen(3).

# Names of this library.

# The name of the static archive.

# Linker flags that can not go in dependency_libs.

# Libraries that this one depends upon.

# Names of additional weak libraries provided by this library

# Is this an already installed library?

# Should we warn about portability when linking against -modules?

# Files to dlopen/dlpreopen

# Directory that this library needs to be installed in:

The following is a sample zlib.pc and should be placed in /mingw/lib/pkgconfig.


Name: zlib
Description: zlib compression library
Version: 1.2.7

Libs: -L${libdir} -L${sharedlibdir} -lz
Cflags: -I${includedir}

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