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Re: [Chicken-users] Installing chicken on windows

From: Dan Leslie
Subject: Re: [Chicken-users] Installing chicken on windows
Date: Fri, 08 Jul 2016 09:30:58 -0700

It reads to me like Chicken needs an automated builder for the Windows package.

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From: Matt Welland
Sent: Friday, July 8, 2016 9:18 AM
To: Oleg Kolosov
Cc: chicken-users; C K Kashyap
Subject: Re: [Chicken-users] Installing chicken on windows

I'd love to bring the chicken-iup installer up to date but I don't have the time to do it on my own. If anyone has the bandwidth and interest to help please let me know. I think the installer is far and above the easiest way to get going on Windows.

On Thu, Jul 7, 2016 at 11:06 PM, Oleg Kolosov <address@hidden> wrote:

> On 08 Jul 2016, at 00:48, C K Kashyap <address@hidden> wrote:
> Hi all,
> I am very new to Chicken. I've been able to get started with it on my mac using homebrew. I am not sure about how to get started on windows though.
> What's a good way to install chicken on windows? The binary installer links shown on the web page seems dated.
> Can I build chicken using VC?
> Is this the right place to download mingw64 -
> I could not find a download link.
> I'd appreciate your help very much.
> Regards,
> Kashyap
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> address@hidden


The simplest way is to install pre-packaged CHICKEN, see

I guess the available binary packages are dated because in 4.10 CHICKEN changed ABI and build requires bootstrapping which is a pain and nobody bothered because Windows is not popular here.

No, you can't build it using VC either. A build system requires GNU make and code has some GCC'isms and UNIX'isms. Core can be fixed with a few relatively trivial patches but supporting utilities (chicken-install and friends) can not, so you wont be able to install eggs. I had the patches in my CMake based CHICKEN fork but abandoned it due to lack of public interest.

Regards, Oleg

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