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This is a list of various errors that have occurred "over the years" during building VLC with windows, with their resolutions. Of course, if it's not here, google is your friend.

  • "unix2dos" command not found: this meant "you forgot to install mingw-utils"
  • It doesn't link, and complains about missing gcc symbols: You missed this line in the instructions:

Use text editor to change MinGW\lib\gcc\mingw32\4.4.0\ file (line should be library_names=) due to bug in latest MinGW.

Originally, there was apparently a bug with 4.4.0 GCC (not 4.4.1), fixed thus (except that in reality, you must use TDM, not vanilla GCC, because you need sljl exception handling):

Then, update Mingw GCC to 4.4.0 by downloading and extracting it to C:\Mingw (replacing files when asked). Finally, you'll gave to fix the file C:\MinGW\lib\gcc\mingw32\4.4.0\ by opening it and changing the line defining library_names so that it reads library_names=''

  • Compilation stops early, after configure was complaining about mismatched quotes:

Check the VLC_COMPILE_HOST variable in your config.h - if it's Option f is not valid then hostname -f fails (on Windows, there is no such option as -f). In change

AC_DEFINE_UNQUOTED(VLC_COMPILE_HOST, "`hostname -f 2> /dev/null || hostname`", [host which ran configure])


AC_DEFINE_UNQUOTED(VLC_COMPILE_HOST, "`hostname`", [host which ran configure])
  • If compile complains about a config.h and pthread.h not found problem, just delete config.h
  • If building self-contained packages fails with make: zip: Command not found then download the following file and extract it to C:\Msys\1.0 :

  • If building self-contained packages fails with make: 7z: Command not found then copy 7z.exe from C:\Program Files\7-Zip in to C:\Msys\1.0\bin
  • If building self-contained packages fails with Error: cannot locate makensis tool then use:
PATH=/c/Program\ Files/NSIS/:$PATH make package-win32
  • "/bin/m4: cannot remove temporary directory /tmp/..." during bootstrap. Disable any real-time scanning programs you have enabled (your anti-virus, Windows Defender) and convert to Unix new lines.