[poppler] Compiling under Windows 7

Maarten Bosmans mkbosmans at gmail.com
Thu Mar 17 05:40:00 PDT 2011

Stefano Emilio Campanini <stefano.campanini <at> tinvention.net> writes:
> Hi guys,
> I'm trying to compile poppler-0.16.3 under windows 7 using ming32.
> After configure and make with defaults options I see these summary

Is there any particular reason not to use prebuilt poppler binaries.  You can
get them from http://ftp.gnome.org/pub/gnome/binaries/win32/dependencies/ 
quite old though) Or from the OpenSUSE BuildService.
Currently the mingw project is undergoing a large (and slow) rebuild of all the
packages, that may take a couple of days. The packages will appear in the
download repo when ready:

I realize that I don't give a solution that provides a 0.16.3 build today,
I'm sorry about that.  You can mail me in private if you want me to send a
buildservice package I have on my disk.

> Building poppler with support for:
>   font configuration: win32
>   splash output:      yes
>   cairo output:       no
>   abiword output:     no
>   qt wrapper:         no
>   qt4 wrapper:        no
>   glib wrapper:       no
>     use GDK:          no
>     introspection:    no
>   cpp wrapper:        yes
>   use gtk-doc:        no
>   use libjpeg:        no
>   use libpng:         no
>   use zlib:           no
>   use libcurl:        no
>   use libopenjpeg:    no
>   use cms:            no
>   command line utils: yes
>   Warning: Using libjpeg is recommended
>   Warning: Using libopenjpeg is recommended
> Using the "poppler-render.exe" generated I get errors about fonts like
> this: "poppler/error: Couldn't create a font for
> 'Helvetica'poppler/error: Couldn't create a font for... " an so on.
> Can anyone give me some helps ?
> I found an old README.windows under the project, there i found these
> istructions:
> "Poppler depends on 3 libraries that are not easily available on Windows:
> * freetype
> * libjpeg
> * zlib
> To make it easy, I've made those dependencies available as pre-compiled
> files. You need to download http://windevlibs.googlecode.com/files/ext.zip
> and unzip under 'ext' directory. Those are header files and static libraries
> for freetype, libjpeg and zlib. "
> I cannot understand where to put the ext.zip contents ? Where I put
> these contents ando/or how can I tell the compiler to use these
> contents ?

Not wanting to sound rude, but you don't seem to understand the basics of
building software using the GNU autotools. In that case the above comment about
prefering the ready-build packages seems relevant.

In any case, my experience is that building using mingw on windows is a pain and
that cross-compiling (using the same mingw32+autotools+gcc toolchain) on Linux
is much easier, everything just works.

That said, why don't you try building the dependencies yourself. It's simply a
matter of uncompressing the source tarballs and do something like:

PKG_CONFIG_LIBDIR=/usr/local/min/lib/pkgconfig \
  ./configure --prefix=/usr/local/mingw
make install

> Thanks in advance
> Stefano


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