[Mono-dev] Building Mono on Windows is extremely slow

Wade Berrier wberrier at novell.com
Thu Oct 6 15:34:15 EDT 2005

Could also cross compile from linux :)

Right now ./configure treats mingw and cygwin the same.  You'd have to
make some adjustments for the mingw target, but the compile times would
definitely be faster.


On Thu, 2005-10-06 at 06:52 -0400, Jonathan Pryor wrote:
> On Wed, 2005-10-05 at 13:32 +0200, Kornél Pál wrote:
> > Building Mono on Windows is much slower than building it on Linux for
> > example. The problem seems to be that our scripts use a lot of processes.
> > Processes on Linux are lightweight but are heavyweight on Windows that
> > results in delays because of process construction and destruction. Can
> > anything be done to speed up build?
> Not without using something other than automake/autoconf, since it's the
> `configure' script that's responsible for most of that process
> generation (creating & compiling test programs to check for libraries
> and functions, checking for the presence of programs, checking for...).
> Alternatively, create a Makefile (or similar) setup explicitly for Win32
> users, so they don't have to run configure (if you want to assume that
> all Win32 systems are alike).  Of course, then you'd have to deal with
> synchronization issues...
>  - Jon
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