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1.8.1 Installing under Windows

There are two ways to build GNU SASL on Windows: via MinGW or via Microsoft Visual Studio. Note that a binary release for Windows is available from

With MinGW, you can build a GNU SASL DLL and use it from other applications. After installing MinGW ( follow the generic installation instructions (see Downloading and Installing). The DLL is installed by default.

For information on how to use the DLL in other applications, see:

You can build GNU SASL as a native Visual Studio C++ project. This allows you to build the code for other platforms that VS supports, such as Windows Mobile. You need Visual Studio 2005 or later.

First download and unpack the archive as described in the generic installation instructions (see Downloading and Installing). Don't run ./configure. Instead, start Visual Studio and open the project file lib/win32/libgsasl.sln inside the GNU SASL directory. You should be able to build the project using Build Project.

Output libraries will be written into the lib/win32/lib (or lib/win32/lib/debug for Debug versions) folder.

Warning! Unless you build GNU SASL linked with libgcrypt, GNU SASL uses the Windows function CryptGenRandom for generating cryptographic random data. The function is known to have some security weaknesses. See for more information. The code will attempt to use the Intel RND crypto provider if it is installed, see lib/gl/gc-gnulib.c.