Building LibreOffice on Windows

Tor Lillqvist tml at
Thu Feb 16 09:13:52 PST 2012

> I am a windows developer and I need to integrate LibreOffice in our windows
> business application.

In other words, you are doing this commercially, as part of your job,
for business purposes?

> I would have a hard time switching to develop using Linux.

We don't have any immediate plans to drop Windows as a supported build platform.

(Eventually, if/when cross-compiling to Windows from various Unixes
works flawlessly and produces an end result with no loss in
functionality, and if nobody volunteers to keep the build mechanism
working on Windows (Cygwin), too, we might drop it.)

> But the real problem is that if the community does not want or can not
> support then development on the windows platform

> I can not go and play around and waste time in this way.

So you are instead demanding that the "community" (which consists of
volunteers spending their own personal resources, and paid developers
working for companies that might even be your competitors in some
sense) "waste" *their* time in helping you in your commercial efforts?
That sounds a bit unfair or even rude to me. But let's assume that was
not the intent and I am just interpreting you badly.

Anyway, building on Windows works more or less fine (with occasional
hick ups on the bleeding-edge development branch, "master") for those
who have been doing it for a long time. You just need to spend more
time on it and ask for help in more detailed and interactive fashion.

Or you could contract out the effort of setting up a working build
environment on a machine... For instance provide a Windows virtual
machine image with everything set up.


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