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Request #75412 Build with Mingw-w64
Submitted: 2017-10-21 15:28 UTC Modified: 2022-07-10 06:28 UTC
Avg. Score:3.0 ± 2.0
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From: svnpenn at gmail dot com Assigned:
Status: Open Package: *General Issues
PHP Version: 7.1.10 OS: Windows
Private report: No CVE-ID: None
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 [2017-10-21 15:28 UTC] svnpenn at gmail dot com
Currently you can build PHP with Linux, Cygwin and Visual Studio. However
Mingw-w64 [1] is currently not supported. It would be invoked using:

./configure --host x86_64-w64-mingw32

or similar. You can tell for sure that is it not currently supported by looking
at "u_char". Mingw-w64 does not define this, same as Visual Studio. PHP accounts
for this with "win32/php_stdint.h" [2]:

typedef unsigned __int8 u_char;

However this same file cannot be used with Mingw-w64 [3]:

#error "Use this header only with Microsoft Visual C++ compilers!"



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 [2017-10-21 18:30 UTC]
-Status: Open +Status: Analyzed
 [2017-10-21 18:30 UTC]
Hi @svnpenn

I think the main reason for this not being supported is that no one on the development team have ever done a build like that or there have been any past requests for it.

If its only u_char thats the issue, then perhaps the define can be moved to php.h (in php-src/main), where a lot of cross OS compatibility macros and types also are defined.
 [2017-10-21 19:17 UTC] svnpenn at gmail dot com

it is not just u_char, several issues - but that is one
 [2017-10-23 01:04 UTC] svnpenn at gmail dot com
After some closer looking, "u_char" is actually defined by Mingw-w64
"_bsd_types.h" [1]:

typedef unsigned char      u_char;

which is in turn included by "winsock2.h" [2]:

#include <_bsd_types.h>

we know this to be true because PHP is already doing it [3]:

#include <winsock2.h> /* Includes definition for u_char */

So we can bypass this particular error by including "winsock2.h" in the approriate place. However as said before this is not the only issue preventing Mingw-w64 build. Here is another example:

ext/date/php_date.c:2615:66: error: unknown type name ‘suseconds_t’

this is caused by not defining "PHP_WIN32" [4]. However, even if you define it, it still fails:

win32/time.h:20:8: error: redefinition of ‘struct timezone’

So in this case either "win32/time.h" need to be modified to support both Visual Studio and Mingw-w64, or perhaps a "mingw/time.h" needs to be introduced. Again, this is only one problem currently with trying a Mingw-w64 build.

 [2017-10-23 01:44 UTC]
-Status: Analyzed +Status: Feedback
 [2017-10-23 01:44 UTC]
Hi, thanks for the information.

I don't think defining or altering the macros/header files is a viable thing to make support for MingW, however I tried to make a patch based on your comment but I do not have any environment to be able to even test it, I put up a gist here if (tho it was done against master, it should apply for lower branches):

(Please change back the status of this report after testing)

 [2017-10-23 01:46 UTC]
-Assigned To: +Assigned To: kalle
 [2017-10-23 02:11 UTC] svnpenn at gmail dot com
@kalle that looks good so far but again those are only 2 issues. So far I have come across similar issues with the below additional files. Probably most files that assume "WIN32 == Visual Studio" are going to need some attention. Note I am working on a patch myself, but it is a slow process so maybe someone will be faster at it than me.

 [2017-10-23 02:12 UTC] svnpenn at gmail dot com
-Status: Feedback +Status: Assigned
 [2017-10-23 02:12 UTC] svnpenn at gmail dot com
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 [2017-10-25 04:18 UTC]
-Status: Assigned +Status: Feedback
 [2017-10-25 04:18 UTC]

I loaded up my linux dev and installed mingw32 from apt-get, however using the ./configure you provided in the report, the configure fails, however if I also pass along --disable-all it doesn't fail. Any chance you can help me by letting me know what packages to install to get this build going? I naturally have everything going to make a regular ./configure build of PHP (autoconf, gcc, libxml, etc) + Wine

My Linux dev is using Elementary which seems to be some Ubuntu flavor or at least thats where it gets its packages from \o/
 [2017-10-25 11:24 UTC] svnpenn at gmail dot com
-Status: Feedback +Status: Assigned
 [2017-10-25 11:24 UTC] svnpenn at gmail dot com
Sure, here is what I am using currently. This might change once I actually get "make" to complete:

./configure --disable-dom --disable-libxml --disable-opcache \
--disable-posix --disable-simplexml --disable-xml --disable-xmlreader \
--disable-xmlwriter --without-iconv --without-pear --host x86_64-w64-mingw32
 [2017-10-30 18:38 UTC] svnpenn at gmail dot com
FYI I am putting my progress here:
 [2017-10-31 13:53 UTC]
Thank you for the update, I made similar progress as you yesterday, tho I did a little different approach by checking for __MINGW32__ :)
 [2017-11-01 15:37 UTC] svnpenn at gmail dot com
FYI I added a tag, so you can see a patch of the current changes at any of these links:

 [2017-11-05 18:26 UTC] svnpenn at gmail dot com
@kalle I made a pull request:

it does not close this issue, but it is a start
 [2018-06-11 09:52 UTC]
-Type: Bug +Type: Feature/Change Request
 [2022-07-10 06:28 UTC]
-Status: Assigned +Status: Open -Assigned To: kalle +Assigned To:
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