RFC: Disabling MinGW support in Wine packages (e.g. Debian)

Alexandre Julliard julliard at winehq.org
Wed Jul 28 14:50:52 CDT 2021

Francois Gouget <fgouget at free.fr> writes:

> Debian's Wine packages build with --without-mingw.
> See debian/rules in:
> http://deb.debian.org/debian/pool/main/w/wine/wine_5.0.3-3.debian.tar.xz
> If I remember correctly this increases the chance of not being able to 
> run applications that expect specific binary layouts for Windows 
> function prologues, i.e. mostly those with copy-prevention / anti-cheat 
> schemes.
> If so packages that needlessly disable MinGW are doing their users a 
> disservice and are not presenting Wine in its best light.
> Do I remember correctly?
> Should packagers be advised not to compile without MinGW?

It's less important for an older release like 5.0, but yes, in general
disabling MinGW is a bad idea.

Alexandre Julliard
julliard at winehq.org

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