if you download a .tgz of a tar gzip source files of an application that you would like to compile (if it's been written for win32?)
download the gnu win32 make utility
the setup.exe is the easiest to install, it will create a c:\program files\gnu\bin with make.exe
the author of the .tgz might include a README with instructions...
To build under Windows:
cd lib make -f win32.mak cd ..\appname make -f win32.mak
*** missing separator. Stop.
using notepad2 you can set "view -> Show Whitespace" Ensure that Settings -> Insert Tabs as Spaces is OFF Then delete 4 spaces and replace with tab also remove trailling spaces
Control Panel->Performance and Maintenance-System (or right-click on My Computer and choose "Properties").
The "Advanced" tab -> click the button "Environment Variables".
In the "System variables" area scroll down and click "Edit" to modify
Variable name = Path Variable path = %SystemRoot%\system32;%SystemRoot%; %SystemRoot%\System32\Wbem; C:\Program Files\GnuWin32\bin
use a semicolon to distinguish multiple directories/folders