[cairo] building cairo with mingw

Cosmin Apreutesei cosmin.apreutesei at gmail.com
Tue May 1 17:44:06 PDT 2012

Anyone has a howto on building cairo with mingw32 ?

Here's where I'm at:

1. installed mingw and msys (on winxp32)
2. opened up a msys console
3. basic setup:

export LIBRARY_PATH=/usr/local/lib
export PKG_CONFIG_PATH=/usr/local/lib/pkgconfig:/usr/lib/pkgconfig
export CFLAGS="-L/usr/local/lib -I/usr/local/lib"

4. downloaded latest zlib, pixman and cairo sources

5. built zlib (the ./configure script doesn't work anymore tells me to
run the makefile directly):

        cd zlib
        make -f win32/Makefile.gcc
        INCLUDE_PATH=/usr/local/include LIBRARY_PATH=/usr/local/lib
BINARY_PATH=/usr/local/bin make -f win32/Makefile.gcc install

6. built pixman:

        set -e
	cd pixman/pixman
	make install

Now pkg-config --list-all sees zlib and pixman.

6. tried to build cairo (minimalistic since I can't make it see zlib**):
         ** although I can see in /usr/local the files lib/libz.a,
include/{zlib,zconf}.h and bin/zlib1.dll, configure says there's no

	./configure --disable-svg --disable-png --disable-ps --disable-pdf
--disable-fc --disable-ft --disable-script --disable-interpreter

Here's where I'm stuck:

make[4]: Entering directory
  CC     strndup.lo
In file included from strndup.c:31:0:
cairo-missing.h:45:17: error: conflicting types for 'ssize_t'
note: previous declaration of 'ssize_t' was here
make[4]: *** [strndup.lo] Error 1
make[4]: Leaving directory
make[3]: *** [all-recursive] Error 1
make[3]: Leaving directory
make[2]: *** [all] Error 2
make[2]: Leaving directory
make[1]: *** [all-recursive] Error 1
make[1]: Leaving directory `/x/work.lua-gui-builder/luacairo-build/build/cairo'
make: *** [all] Error 2

Any ideas?

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