[cairo] Problem with using Cairo on win98

Carl Worth cworth at cworth.org
Mon Apr 21 07:47:25 PDT 2008

On Mon, 21 Apr 2008 11:48:47 +0300, Hakki Dogusan wrote:
> Is win98 made an unsupported platform with 1.6.4? It is not mentioned in
> changelog.

Here's what cairo/README has to say in 1.6.4, (though the main body of
this text has been around since 1.0 I think).

Every rare once-in-a-while someone mentions wishing it would work on
some older version of Microsoft Windows, but nobody has ever done much
to make that happen, (that I recall at least).


[*] The Win32 backend should work on Windows 2000 and newer
    (excluding Windows Me.) Most testing has been done on
    Windows XP. While some portions of the code have been
    adapted to work on older versions of Windows, considerable
    work still needs to be done to get cairo running in those

    Cairo can be compiled on Windows with either the gcc
    toolchain (see http://www.mingw.org) or with Microsoft
    Visual C++.  If the gcc toolchain is used, the standard
    build instructions using configure apply, (see INSTALL).
    If Visual C++ is desired, GNU make is required and
    Makefile.win32 can be used via 'make -f Makefile.win32'.
    The compiler, include paths, and library paths must be set
    up correctly in the environment.

    MSVC versions earlier than 7.1 are known to miscompile
    parts of cairo and pixman, and so should be avoided. MSVC
    7.1 or later, including the free Microsoft Visual Studio
    Express editions, produce correct code.
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