mingw-get-inst is a simple InnoSetup GUI installer that (indirectly) installs
MinGW and MSYS. It actually only installs the new `mingw-get' executable and
its support files---and then invokes that program to handle the actual
During the GUI phase of the installation, you may select which elements you
wish to install, from the following list:
MinGW Compiler Suite
C Compiler optional (*)
C++ Compiler optional
Fortran Compiler optional
ObjC Compiler optional
MSYS Basic System optional
MinGW Developer Toolkit optional
(*) Note that if any component of the compiler suite is selected, then
the C Compiler component is also installed, whether selected or not.
After the GUI phase of the installation is complete, mingw-get will be
invoked to download and install all of the selected components.
Once installation is complete, you can update to any available newer version
of the available components, or add additional components, by performing the
cd C:\MinGW\bin (or whereever mingw-get.exe is located)
mingw-get install <... package names ...>
The 'update' command updates the local copy of the package information
database. This version of mingw-get-inst ships with a snapshot of that
database, from 2011 Nov 18. (During the GUI phase of the installation, you
will be given the option of automatically updating the database to the
latest version, or using the pre-packaged snapshot).
If there are any issues with this installer or with mingw-get, please report
After triage, you may be asked to open an official bug report by following
the instructions here:
* Ship with mingw-get-0.4-alpha-1. This release fixes a critical
bug in the upgrade code, whereby an existing DLL could be replaced
by an alternative with an incompatible ABI version, where the
correct action is to install both concurrently. It also adds
several new features, including anonymous upgrade, the 'source'
and 'license' actions; and the new --print-uris, --download-only,
and --all-related options. For more information on these new
features, see the NEWS items listed here:
* mingw-get-inst now allows to install MSYS alone, without
automatically installing the MinGW C compiler.
* mingw-get-inst now logs the output of mingw-get. The log is
stored in <top>/var/log/mingw-get-log.txt, and may optionally
be displayed when mingw-get-inst is finished.
* Update catalogue to 2011-11-17.
* Ship with mingw-get-0.3-alpha-2.1. This bugfix release corrects
critical defect in the version matching code within mingw-get's
dependency resolver, which resulted in failure of wild card tokens
in a requirements specification to match an actual package version,
where that version was qualified by a release status descriptor,
(such as "alpha", "beta", "pre", etc.). Therefore, this version of
mingw-get is a mandatory prerequisite upgrade for all users who may
wish to install and deploy the upcoming MinGW GCC-4.6 pre-release
packages using mingw-get.
* Update catalogue to 2011-08-02.
* Ship with mingw-get-0.3-alpha-1. This feature enhancement
release provides new features to accord package maintainers
greater flexibility in the identification of development
progression within package names; as such it is likely to be
the earliest mingw-get release which will support delivery of
the next GCC release.
This release also accords greater control to the user, over the
verbosity of progress reporting and debugging diagnostics, at
* Update catalogue to 2011-05-30.
* Remove 'Ada' from MinGW component list. The upcoming gcc-4.6.x
release will (temporarily) omit Ada, so to avoid confusion in
this GUI it is removed from the list of choices. Those who
require Ada and are content to use the gcc-4.3.4 package set
should contact the mailing list for assistance. However, the
following command MAY be enough to get you started:
mingw-get install gcc-ada
* (internal): Built using InnoSetup 5.4.2 (ANSI); previous versions
were built using InnoSetup 5.3.10 (ANSI).
* Ship with mingw-get-0.2-alpha-2. This bugfix release corrects
MinGW���Bug 3212246; this was a serious bug which, under certain
specific conditions, could result in a package name alias being
matched to the wrong package, (e.g. autoconf2.5 resolved to match
the mingw32���autoconf2.1 package, instead of mingw32���autoconf2.5).
* Update catalogue to 2011-03-16.
* pkginfo is added to the initial installation list. mingw-get-inst
has long installed this element (part of the mingw-get constellation,
but not an explicity required element). "Prime the pump" so that
mingw-get will know how to update pkginfo in the future.
* Ship with mingw-get-0.2-alpha-1. This new release adds the following
new features and improvements. For more information (and current
limitations) see the NEWS file in the mingw-get source package, or
the following readme.txt file:
-- remove --
PROVISIONAL support for removal of packages which have been
previously installed. (WARNING: 'mingw-get remove foo' WILL remove
all files associated with package 'foo', even if some other package
'bar' may depend on them.
-- upgrade --
The upgrade operation is now implemented as a 'remove' as described
above, followed by an 'install'.
-- list, show --
Preliminary support for the list operation, which allows to list
the description text for a specific package, or to show a list of
all available packages. 'show' is currently a synonym for 'list'.
* Update catalogue to 2011-03-13.
* mingw-get is added to the initial installation list. This rather odd
step is required to "prime the pump" -- it establishes an installation
record for the mingw-get package ITSELF, so that in the future,
mingw-get will be able to upgrade itself if necessary.
* Ship with mingw-get-0.1-alpha-5.1. This is a bug-fix release to
correct a critical defect in the resolution of dependencies, when
performing an upgrade operation. It also provides more meaningful
diagnostics when mingw-get is invoked without arguments.
* Remove 'MSYS System Builder' from GUI selection dialog. Too
many novice users were installating it without understanding
its purpose, leading to a lot of confusion on the mailing list.
** Most people should not install the MSYS System Builder **
** It is for building MSYS applications and libraries. **
** As most users want to build MinGW (that is, native **
** win32) applications and libraries, it is inappropriate **
** to install the MSYS System Builder. However, if you **
** really want to install it, use the command line tool **
** 'mingw-get install msys-dvlpr' **
** AFTER you install the other components using this GUI **
** installation process. But DO NOT DO THIS unless you **
** really understand the implications. **
* Update catalogue to 2011-02-11; update documentation to reflect
availability of new MinGW gcc version 4.5.2.
* Ship with mingw-get-0.1-alpha-5; this provides a more robust
solution to the "mingw-get deleted itself" problem, together
with a workaround to avoid a race condition in this installer
* Ship with mingw-get-0.1-alpha-4, which fixes the "mingw-get deleted
itself" problem and adds a --help option.
* Now also (optionally) install the MinGW Developer Toolkit and/or
MSYS System Builder meta package collections.
* No longer requires Admin privileges
* Optionally run 'mingw-get update' to download the most recent set of
package metadata before performing the installation.
* Initial release
mingw-get is the actual MinGW installer. It supports multiple installation
locations on a single computer, multiple repositories and handles dependency
relationships between elements. However, it is still a work in progress---and
many potential users are intimidated by it, because it is a command line
application and requires some configuration file editing before it can be used.
mingw-get is structured as a library that contains all of the core
implementation logic, and a command-line interface (CLI) front end executable.
Eventually, that CLI application will be superseded by a GUI front end---once
the development of the back end implementation logic and library is complete.
However, the CLI mingw-get is usuable today, for simple installations.
mingw-get-inst is NOT the GUI version of mingw-get. Rather, it is a quick and
dirty InnoSetup wrapper that installs the CUI mingw-get, modifies the
configuration files as needed automatically, and invokes mingw-get with the
appropriate arguments to handle the actual installation. We expect that
mingw-get-inst will be obsoleted once the GUI version of mingw-get is released,
but that may be some time from now.