Wireshark-dev: Re: [Wireshark-dev] Update official Windows build?
From: Graham Bloice <[email protected]>
Date: Mon, 02 Apr 2007 10:34:43 +0100
Ulf Lamping wrote:
> Gerald Combs wrote:
>> The official Windows installers are still built using Visual Studio 6.0.
>>  I'd like to switch over to Visual C++ 2005 Express Edition before the
>> next release.  Is there any reason not to do this?
> Hi Gerald!
> I like the idea to switch to MSVC 2005 EE, e.g. this would make the 
> config.nmake file consistent with the recommended compiler in the 
> developer's guide.
> There seems to be repeating problems with the msvc runtime DLL 
> msvcr80.dll, which doesn't appear when we use MSVC 6. As I don't have 
> such problems and no good idea what the real cause of it is (maybe 
> manifest files and/or compiler switch settings), I'm unsure if we will 
> run into problems here.
> In addition, we'll need to pack the msvc redist package into the 
> installer, which is obviously not open source - is there a problem with 
> this? I guess not, as even the GPL addresses this as a operating system 
> / compiler extension.

I'm not sure about this step for two reasons, licencing restrictions,
which we should check and installer bloat.  Can we either provide a link
to the redistributables (on the MS site) or a version of the installer
without them.  After all over time most machines will acquire them by
other means.

> If we do the "compiler update", do we want to put the redist exe into 
> the Win32 libs dir on the subversion server, so it can be downloaded by 
> the setup target?

See above, e.g. a link to the MS download.
> Regards, ULFL
> P.S: If I find some time, I'll try to include the manifest files into 
> the dll and exe files (I read somewhere on the web that this is 
> possible). I guess the seperate manifest files are at least one cause of 
> the problems mentioned above. This will also make the handling in NSIS, 
> U3, ... packaging easier.

I don't think it makes much difference.  The loader will check for the
manifest in both places and the assemblies identified in the manifest
must be available.


Graham Bloice