Building C++ program with QT under cygwin

Brian Dessent
Thu Feb 21 10:38:00 GMT 2008

hce wrote:

> I actually tried QT 4.3 linux packaget, but could not build it could
> not find cygwin-g++ in makespec directory. The QT seems only support
> minGW on Windows.

Note that a QT you build for Cygwin will be an X11 app, so you'll need
to have an X11 server running in order to use it.  It won't have a
Windows GUI like the MinGW flavor.

I'd also like to just point out that at several points in this thread
the implication has been made that there is some kind of "inside Cygwin"
or "it's a virtual environment".  Cygwin is not some kind of emulator or
virtual machine, it is simply a standard win32 DLL.  All Cygwin binaries
are standard win32 executables.  Providing you have the Cygwin bin
directory to your PATH, you can launch them in any way you would launch
any standard Windows program -- from the start menu, from Explorer, from
a Windows Command Prompt, etc. -- there is nothing special about the
bash window that magically allows things to happen, nor are Cygwin apps
in any way obligated to only run there.


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