Friday, July 31, 2009

Latest UnOfficial Release for the harbour Project

CCH: From Victor's Harbour Page

Harbour 2.0.0beta2 (r11508) (2009-06-24)
for Windows x86, Windows x64, WinCE/ARM and MS-DOS platforms:

Binary - .7z archive (40MB)
Binary - .exe installer (43MB)

For official releases, visit:

Release notes

Make sure to check INSTALL doc "QUICK START" section and visit
our user forums at:

Release notes:
Unified Windows release for most supported compilers and
x86, x64, WinCE/ARM, MS-DOS architectures.

Installed size: 185MB (39MB - 272MB)

The default installation will install MinGW compiler + x86 static and
shared libs, MSVC and BCC x86 libs and examples.

Options: x86 shared tools, x64 shared tools, MinGW x64 and
WinCE-ARM libs, MSVC x64 libs, Open Watcom x86 libs,
shared x64/WinCE-ARM libs, MS-DOS 32-bit DJGPP libs.

1) install/unpack to any directory (C:\harbour20)
2) go to bin dir (optional if you specify path for hbmk2)
3) For x86 executable, type: 'hbmk2 ../tests/hello.prg'
4) For x64 executable, type: 'hbmk2 ../tests/hello.prg -comp=mingw64'
[needs minwg64 to be installed beforehand]
5) For WinCE/ARM executable, type: 'hbmk2 ../tests/hello.prg -arch=wce'
[needs cegcc to be installed beforehand]
6) For MS-DOS executable, type: 'hbmk2 ../tests/hello.prg -arch=dos'
[needs DJGPP to be installed beforehand]

See VERSIONS for tool/lib versions used to create the package.

Changes since previous release (2.0.0beta1 20090609):
- Harbour updated to r11508 (from r11287)
- New User's Forum linked
- upx compressor included in install package
- DOS cross build libs included in install package
- preparation to host 3rd party packages inside Harbour directory tree
- new "zero-conf" library install system in preparation
- hbmk2: lots of minor refinements, support for all free compilers
in embedded form, support spaces in filenames/paths, all Harbour
supported C compilers have now complete support in hbmk2
- DOS support tested and required fixes applied
- embedded compilers moved to 'comp' subdir
- support for latest MinGW x64 and MSVS 2010 compilers
- extended INSTALL with new examples and app build quick guide
- icon for installer and hbrun tool
- hbxbp and hbqt enhancements
- hbwin refinements and better compatibility
- new uhttpd2 sessioned HTTP server
- C++ build support for all compilers, new HB_WAEVAL() function,
new xpp (Xbase++ compatibility) lib, .hrb loading enhancements
- DBU, RL, SuperLib fixes.
- MinGW64 updated to 4.4.1
- There were a few changes in this release which may require updating
your source code (hb_par*()/hb_stor*() in .c files and GTWVG WIN_*()
function in .prg files). Search for 'incompatible' word in ChangeLog
for more.

Changes since previous release (1.1.0dev 20090602):
- Harbour updated to r11287 (from r11179)
- all contrib tests included in install package
- All 3rd party packages upgraded to latest version.
- hbmk2: project support, new file extensions, fixes, Harbour 1.0.x
- further simplified/updated build process and instructions
- hbqt many enhancements
- almost full xhb compatibility
- 'terminal' fixed in examples
- source formatter, Cl*pper RL tool, legacy hbmake added
- MT Xbase++ compatibility

Changes since previous release (1.1.0dev 20090408):
- Harbour updated to r11179 (from r10819)
- Updated hbmk2 (filter issues + experimental Harbour 1.0.x support)
- Included contrib tests/utils
- Full and now standalone 'examples'
- 'tests' with subdirs included.
- No longer included pocc/pocc64/poccarm libs.
- QT updated to 4.5.1
- MinGW updated to 4.4.0


  1. Hello CCH,

    I haven't downloaded it yet. Did Victor solved the problem of PICTURE "...." problem?



  2. Can I use xmate with this release? I've got an error of undefined reference to __infinity

  3. Is aivable a new version named beta 3!


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