I would recommend checking out CodeBlocks for an IDE. It comes packaged with a very stable version of MingW which for me, has compiled anything I throw at it. Eg. Boost, wxWidgets

If you are developing on Windows and want to use MingW - CodeBlocks is a great choice.

On Thu, Mar 20, 2014 at 4:45 PM, saad khalid <> wrote:
Hello, I certainly hope I'm doing this right, please correct me if I'm not, this is the first time I've used the mail list. I've recently downloaded MinGW, and I tried using the MinGW Shell to run a simple program. I have followed the Getting Started: MinGW guide through the "After Installing You Should..." section, and I edited the fstab file. Here is the code that I tried compiling:

#include <stdio.h>
int main() {
  printf( "hello world\n" );
  return 0;

It's just a simply helloworld program in C. However, when I try running it in MinGW, here is the error message I'm getting:

If that link doesn't work:

I'm very confused. I don't think there's any error at the line it is referring to? Was there something wrong with my installation? I have MinGW installed at c:\MinGW. Any help would be very much appreciated, thanks! :)


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