I am pleased to announce release candidate 3 for the up and coming mingwrt-4.0
and w32api-4.0 release. The process to test is convoluted and messy in order
to keep related package data for mingw-get in sync. However, we are
releasing this candidate package so that you may be involved with
First and foremost, you must install Keith's GUI alpha release of mingw-get.
You can get that package from his files link and then extract it to your
MinGW folder, e.g. C:\MinGW.
If you've installed previous test releases be sure to execute the
``test-wsl-rc.bat off'' command before proceeding with the installation.
Release candidate 3 fixes a few typo issues and one major issue with
_USE_32BIT_TIME_T data types, structures and functions. See Issue #1973
for the horrific details on _USE_32BIT_TIME_T, it will be a long read. Thanks
to Keith Marshall, Jan Nijtmans and Twylite for their contributions to
Once you have that package in place then do the update command to
download the latest package meta data. Then you use the install
command to install the wsl_rc package. This will install a script
that you can then use to install the release candidate. When
you're finished and wish to have your original
installation back you use the script to remove the release candidate.
CAUTION: This version has an ABI breakage. Read the NEWS file in order
to get a feel for what has changed.
 mingw-get update
 mingw-get install mingw32-wsl_rc
 /mingw/bin/test-wsl-rc.bat on
 /mingw/bin/test-wsl-rc.bat off
 /mingw/share/doc/mingwrt/NEWS or /mingw/share/doc/w32api/NEWS
NOTE: You must use mingw32 on the install command, the shortened aliases will
disappear as we get closer to providing 64bit packages.