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[bug#56505] [PATCHES] Mingw configuration for openssl

From: Vivien Kraus
Subject: [bug#56505] [PATCHES] Mingw configuration for openssl
Date: Fri, 05 Aug 2022 09:58:56 +0200
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Le vendredi 05 août 2022 à 00:14 +0200, Ludovic Courtès a écrit :
> ‘guix build openssl --target=x86_64-w64-mingw32’ works and the funny
> part is that .dll files end up in bin/, but I think that’s intended
> on
> Windows?

That’s right. Windows does not have shared objects, and DLLs are not.
You cannot use the compiler to link to a DLL as far as I understand, so
you wouldn’t put them in lib. What you have in lib are the so-called
"import libraries" (.dll.a). These are static libraries that pretend to
provide the functionality, but in fact open the DLL at run-time to
fetch the library implementation from the DLL. So DLLs are kind of

Anyway, you see that in lib/ you have all the .dll.a files… Oops… I may
have forgotten to check this… This is not a huge problem, because all
outputs would be available when building a dependent package, but it’s
still not right I think.

Now, the .dll.a files are smaller than the static libraries, but not
that small. I don’t know why exactly.

Should I open a new issue with this patch, or is it somehow possible to
continue the discussion here?

Best regards,


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