[Users] Claws Mail's Windows installer moving away from GPG4Win

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Sat Nov 10 11:52:58 CET 2012

Hello Colin,

On Sat, 10 Nov 2012 11:10:44 +0100 Colin Leroy <colin at colino.net> wrote:

> Hello,
> Most of you Windows users there know that Claws Mail's win32 packaging
> has been done as part of the GPG4win project since a few years.
> A little recurring problem I had when handling Claws Mail new Windows
> builds is that often, GPG4win's had updated things between two builds
> and I often had to fix stuff, which is a very tedious process for
> Windows builds.
> Also, it was a while since I wanted to have a more Claws-oriented
> Windows package (and for the technical details, thought about adding a
> special claws-mail target to GPG4win's Makefiles).
> But recently, since GPG4win's repository includes the latest GLib, I
> tried a lot to make a build succeed, but I never managed to. Be it with
> Ubuntu 11.10, 12.04 or 12.10 I had cross-build toolchain issues that
> ended up with an impossibility to build glib or even to
> finish ./configure...
> It took me way too much time and hassle for a port I only use
> sporadically. I think I spent more than a week's worth of evenings
> waiting for make to fail.
> So, I took the easy route and forked the now-unmaintained GPG4win
> SVN repository, the most recent version I could build, so I can
> maintain it on claws-mail.org.
> I've reworked the installer there to remove what you Claws Mail users
> aren't interested in (like GPGol, the GPG Outlook Extension :-)), remove
> some unneeded questions and some things like that, along with some
> Claws branding in the installer :)
> The end result is visible on http://www.claws-mail.org/win32/ and the
> source can be either downloaded as a .exe or for people who want
> to help - like ratinox - the easiest is to fetch it via Subversion on:
>     http://svn.claws-mail.org/svn/claws/
> Please note that I will probably not help building that installer, I
> know how complicated, tedious and long it can be (although it can work
> really easily especially when building on a Debian-based distro) and
> don't feel like spending time debugging people's Windows builds.
> I will continue updating GPG4win's package.current file when I'll
> build newer versions of Claws Mail.
> I hope this move will reach the two goals I have, help the users of
> Claws Mail Windows version get the best-working package as possible, and
> help me spend the less time possible pulling my hair out.

Great work, Colin, appreciated! Seconding your decisions there.


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