[SDL] SDL Install/Build problem with MingW & MSys

The Trowt trowt at directlink.net
Wed Jan 29 11:33:01 PST 2003

Darn, I was hoping the moderator had just killed this, as I found the answer
after I'd assumed it got roundfiled.

I apologise for the added traffic, but for anyone else having the same

On the SDL download page, "Development Libraries" is actually an archive of
several Test Programs, not the actual SDL Source with Test progs.

I found much of the site's documentation difficult to follow or incomplete,
but I did get this figured out.
Does anyone know of a more complete, un-"fragmented" setup FAQ?

Now if I could just get all the Test apps working. Some work, some don't.

Again, I apologize for the traffic and thanks to anyone who replies before I
get this in.

----- Original Message -----
From: "TomR" <trowt at directlink.net>
To: <sdl at libsdl.org>
Sent: Tuesday, January 28, 2003 11:14 AM
Subject: [SDL] SDL Install/Build problem with MingW & MSys

> Hi all!
> Big-time newb here, so please bear with me.
> I'm having no luck getting SDL to install/build on my system.
> Info:
> WindowsXP Home
> MingW32 (from Latest Releases at
> http://www.mingw.org/download.shtml )
> MSys  1.0.8 (from Latest Releases at http://www.mingw.org/download.shtml )
> SDL  1.2.5a (Win32 Development Library SDL-devel-1.2.5a-mingw32.tar.gz
> http://www.libsdl.org/download-1.2.php )
> What I did:
> I installed MingW32 to c:\mingw
> I installed MSys to c:\msys
> --Msys install routine apparently found MingW, as my /etc/fstab already
> "c:/mingw mingw" set up.
> I unzipped the SDL archive to /home/[username]/SDL
> After getting an error, I found
> I used the "Native win32 for MingW build environment, BUT...
> --Since I already had MingW installed and mounted and in my Win32 PATH,
> 3 seemed unnecessary
> --Step 4 - There is _no_ /mingw/bin/make.exe - just the mingw32-make.exe -
> so I can't do this step
> --Step 5 - Having already unzipped SDL-devel-1.2.5a-mingw32.tar.gz to
> /home/[username]/SDL, I tried running
> ---- "./configure && make && make install" as directed with the following
> output and error (dashes added)
> --------$ ./configure && make && make install
> --------loading site script /etc/config.site
> --------loading cache ./config.cache
> --------checking host system type... i686-pc-mingw32
> --------checking target system type... i686-pc-mingw32
> --------checking for a BSD compatible install... /bin/install -c
> --------checking whether build environment is sane... yes
> --------checking whether make sets ${MAKE}... yes
> --------checking for working aclocal... missing
> --------checking for working autoconf... missing
> --------checking for working automake... missing
> --------checking for working autoheader... missing
> --------checking for working makeinfo... found
> --------checking for gcc... gcc
> --------checking whether the C compiler (gcc  ) works... yes
> --------checking whether the C compiler (gcc  ) is a cross-compiler... no
> --------checking whether we are using GNU C... yes
> --------checking whether gcc accepts -g... yes
> --------checking for working const... yes
> --------checking for sdl-config... no
> --------checking for SDL - version >= 1.2.3... no
> --------*** The sdl-config script installed by SDL could not be found
> --------*** If SDL was installed in PREFIX, make sure PREFIX/bin is in
> --------*** your path, or set the SDL_CONFIG environment variable to the
> --------*** full path to sdl-config.
> --------configure: error: *** SDL version 1.2.3 not found!
> Now, I'm sure I've just made a really silly newb mistake...
> ... if I could just get someone to point out what that is, I'd be
> greatful.
> Hopefully I've included enough details, but if not, I'll be happy to
> any other details you might need.
> Thanks in advance!
> TomR
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