Release notes: PE modules

Giovanni Mascellani gio at
Wed Jan 22 03:39:36 CST 2020


in the release notes for Wine 5.0 (BTW, thanks everybody for the
release!) it is written that "most modules are built in PE format
(Portable Executable, the Windows binary format) instead of ELF when the
MinGW compiler is available".

Does this mean that section 3.3 ("Wine builtin DLLs") of the
Architecture overview[1] on the wiki is now outdated? How do "real" DLLs
resolve dependencies towards system ELF objects? Or is this "PE modules"
option available only for DLLs that do not have ELF dependencies?


Thanks, Giovanni.
Giovanni Mascellani <g.mascellani at>
Postdoc researcher - Université Libre de Bruxelles

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