"libmsi and msitools: the missing link for Windows cross-compilation"

Jeremy White jwhite at codeweavers.com
Wed Jan 2 13:28:56 CST 2013

Hi Paolo,

On 12/05/2012 07:07 AM, Paolo Bonzini wrote:
> Presenters:
> Paolo Bonzini and/or Marc-Andre Lureau
> Abstract:
> Many GNU/Linux distributions include a cross-compilation environment for
> Windows that is easy to install and use.  Some of these also provide the
> Nullsoft installer (NSIS) to package build artifacts into a Windows
> executable.  NSIS has the advantage that the compiler is portable to
> POSIX systems, but does not support corporate deployment and component
> management as well as .msi packages generated for the Windows Installer.
>  libmsi is a port of Wine's MSI database code.  The talk will present
> the rationale for the library, its current state and msitools, a small
> set of programs that we implemented around it.  We will also present
> plans for future development of libmsi and msitools.

I'm working to finalize our agenda for FOSDEM, and this proposal doesn't
seem to quite fit in with the others.

That is, the library seems useful, and could well be of interest to free
developers, but I'm not sure it's specifically of interest to Wine

I imagine Hans (and any other MSI Wine developers) would be fascinated,
but I fear that it would not be a good fit for the broader community.

If I have misunderstood, and this talk is more generally applicable to
Wine developers than I realize, I'd like to be corrected.

However, I think my current plan is to have a 'BOF' style session
towards the close of the day, and then I'd invite you to put this
forward at that time.



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