Techwiki:MinGW wishlist

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A list of features we'd really like to see in MinGW



  • SEH-compatible unwinding. Also SEH
  • Microsoft-compatible ABI
    • ktietz of mingw-w64 is already working on compatible symbol name decoration


  • recognize the libraryname.lib pattern as equivalent to liblibraryname.a
  • don't store debugging information in sections, because COFF doesn't support non-loadable sections, and debugging information incorrectly takes up address space
  • support for the CodeView Program Database (CV/PDB) debugging information format


  • COMDATs and identical COMDAT folding
  • alias __image_base__ to __ImageBase
  • honor linker directives embedded in object files (.drectve), especially /EXPORT and /DEFAULTLIB