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This document contains instructions to build and install Wireshark on Windows
using GCC and MinGW-w64 with the MSYS2 distribution.
How to setup MSYS2:
1. Download and install MSYS2 from https://www.msys2.org.
2. Open the MSYS shell.
3. Update with "pacman -Syu" as many times as necessary. You also need to
have base-devel installed:
$ pacman -S base-devel.
How to build the Wireshark MSYS2 package:
1. Open the UCRT64 shell.
2. (Optional) Build and install some missing dependencies in the MSYS2 repository.
$ cd $srcdir/packaging/msys2/mingw-w64-bcg729
$ makepkg-mingw -si
$ cd $srcdir/packaging/msys2/mingw-w64-libsmi
$ makepkg-mingw -si
$ cd $srcdir/packaging/msys2/mingw-w64-sbc
$ makepkg-mingw -si
3. Build and install Wireshark
$ cd $srcdir/packaging/msys2/mingw-w64-wireshark-git
$ makepkg-mingw -si
The application should be launched using the same shell (UCRT64 in this case).
Currently the MSYS2 build has the following limitations compared to
the build using Visual Studio (MSVC):
* The Event Tracing for Windows (ETW) extcap cannot be compiled using MinGW-w64.
* Lua version is 5.1 (MSVC uses Lua 5.2) and does not have UTF-8 patches[1].
* Kerberos dependency for enhanced Kerberos dissection is not available
in the repositories.
* AirPcap is not available and there is no plan to support it.
* There is currently no way to build a stand-alone distributable binary
installer, similar to the Wireshark NSIS installer using MSVC.