[Mono-dev] Building Mono on Windows - And Having a Windows Installer again

Daniel Morgan monodanmorg at yahoo.com
Sun Nov 30 17:52:00 UTC 2014

I am glad to see others trying to build a Mono for Windows Installer.  

Removing un-needed static libraries could make the installer much smaller.  Unless, you are doing embedded. Well, if you are doing embedded, you are most likely building mono yourself anyways.   Mono's static library is huge.    Usually on Windows, these static libraries would have a .lib extension, but since these libraries were originally built using gcc, they probably have a .a or .dll.a extension.  If you include glib/gtk 2.0, there are static libraries there we do not need for gtk+ libraries.   However, keep those static libraries which can help re-building mono from git.

We could also save space in the installer if we only include the latest 4.5 profile.  Another words, remove 2.0, 3.5, and 4.0..
Just my 2 cents.

      From: Alex J Lennon <ajlennon at dynamicdevices.co.uk>
 To: Alexander Köplinger <alex.koeplinger at outlook.com> 
Cc: "mono-devel-list at lists.ximian.com" <mono-devel-list at lists.ximian.com> 
 Sent: Sunday, November 30, 2014 9:28 AM
 Subject: Re: [Mono-dev] Building Mono on Windows - And Having a Windows Installer again
 Hi Alex
 On 30/11/2014 15:09, Alexander Köplinger wrote:
 #yiv6734285822 #yiv6734285822 --.yiv6734285822hmmessage P{margin:0px;padding:0px;}#yiv6734285822 body.yiv6734285822hmmessage{font-size:12pt;font-family:Calibri;}#yiv6734285822  Hey Alex,
 Jo Shields is currently working on revamping the Windows Installer in his repo: https://github.com/directhex/newbuilder
 I contributed the WiX setup files for creating an MSI installer. Jo sent me this link for a preview build (the usual caveats apply): https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bz6-k9ELOQf3YTE1RHV3Y0dNaFU/view
 That sounds great. Maybe I will try to bolt that onto the Appveyor script then. I'd love for the CI builds to just result in an MSI anybody can grab and use easily.
 Btw. while developing the WiX setup I used the binaries from your AppVeyor build, it all worked fine :)
 Really good to hear that thanks Alex :) 
 Can you maybe also make changes to http://www.mono-project.com/docs/compiling-mono/windows/ (just click the "edit page on github" link), so it reflects what is necessary right now to build Mono on Windows? I think that page is pretty outdated right now.
 Yes it's definitely on my TODO list. I was hoping to grab the content of my CodeProject article and massage it into that page. Things have just been so hectic here I haven't had the chance yet :)

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