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Re: [Mingw-users] A Mingw32 runtime library independent of MSVCRT.DLL

Doesnt newlib do the same?

--- John Platts <> wrote:
> Why do mingw32 users continue to use a runtime library dependent of 
> There is a project to totally replace MSVCRT.DLL. Here are the advantages of 
> the Mingw32 Alternate C Runtime Library (no stable version released, just a 
> unstable, incomplete version):
> - Easy to modify
> - Can be easily tweaked
> - Can be compiled without Microsoft Visual C++
> - Open Source
> - Free to distribute, even without owning Microsoft Visual C++ or Microsoft 
> Windows
> - Can be compiled with Wine (with both native platform gcc and with Mingw32 
> cross-compiler)
> - Will be 100% ISO C99 compliant when complete
> - Bugs cannot be easily fixed in the MSVCRT.DLL distribution (unless someone 
> has a valid license of Microsoft Visual C++)
> - Will support both static and dynamic linking when complete, unlike other 
> Mingw32 runtimes (MSVCRT.DLL can only be dynamically linked, but Microsoft 
> Visual C++ also ships with two release static C Runtime Library called 
> Developers, please contribute to the Mingw32 Alternate C Runtime Library 
> found at If you are going to contribute, 
> send email to
> Cygwin developers:
> NOTE: The cygwin setup program should not be linked with MSVCRT.DLL or 
> CRTDLL.DLL. It should also not be linked with the cygwin library. It needs 
> to be linked with a static native Win32 C Runtime Library, such as what the 
> Mingw32 Alternate C Runtime Library is going to be. If you are a developer 
> wishing to contribute to the library, please do so. Please send email to 
> if you are going to contribute. Developers 
> should participate in the efforts, so that a Cygwin setup program can be 
> written the way it should be without having to use a commercial Win32 
> compiler such as Microsoft Visual C++.NET.
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