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Opened 5 years ago

Closed 5 years ago

Last modified 17 months ago

#1413 closed defect (fixed)

64-bit MS Windows builds

Reported by: Antoine Martin Owned by: atnoine
Priority: major Milestone: 2.0
Component: platforms Version: trunk
Keywords: win32 Cc:

Description (last modified by Antoine Martin)

Split from #678, related to #1253.

Following the wiki/Building/MSWindows, we can get a 64-bit build environment with almost everything needed.


  • pygtkglext is broken, we cannot load the "_gdkgl.pyd" - complains a bout a missing symbol / dll
  • NVENC / CUDA setup
  • keyboard layout mapping is wrong?
  • update the install script to include "64-bit" in the installer filename - see ticket:678#comment:37

Attachments (2)

nvenc7.pc (341 bytes) - added by Antoine Martin 5 years ago.
pkgconfig file for nvenc7
nvapi.pc (255 bytes) - added by Antoine Martin 5 years ago.
pkgconfig file for NVAPI

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Change History (14)

comment:1 Changed 5 years ago by Antoine Martin

Description: modified (diff)
Status: newassigned

Changed 5 years ago by Antoine Martin

Attachment: nvenc7.pc added

pkgconfig file for nvenc7

Changed 5 years ago by Antoine Martin

Attachment: nvapi.pc added

pkgconfig file for NVAPI

comment:2 Changed 5 years ago by Antoine Martin


64-bit packaging improvements in r14814: we can have both versions installed now.

CUDA / pycuda

  • install latest CUDA (tested with 8.0)
  • download pycuda and build it (tested with 2016.1.2):
    python ./configure.py --cuda-root="c:\\Program Files\\NVIDIA GPU Computing Toolkit\\CUDA\\v8.0"

remove "/EHsc" and "/FORCE" from siteconf.py.
Add BOOST_USE_WINDOWS_H=1 in EXTRA_DEFINES of setup.py to workaround this boost bug: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/18134148/

python ./setup.py build -c mingw32
python ./setup.py install

Optional: rm -fr build && python3 ./setup.py clean then repeat the build with python3.


Fails: does not build with mingw, not sure how easy it would be to fix (uses DX / MSVC macros)


r14815 makes it possible to build the codec using Cython.
Still TODO: the CUDA kernels cannot be compiled with nvcc and mingw, or at least I haven't been able to figure out how. (the documentation does seem to indicate that it should be possible)

  • pre-compile the binary kernels on Linux - annoying, but easy to implement
  • spawn a build command that uses MSVC (setup the environment and run nvcc.exe)
  • fix the build with mingw - not sure how
  • implement ARGB source and make the CUDA CSC step optional
Last edited 4 years ago by Antoine Martin (previous) (diff)

comment:3 Changed 5 years ago by Antoine Martin

  • r14824 + r14829: use BAT file to generate the kernels using MSVC
  • r14825: remove nvapi, use pynvml

Remaining tasks:

  • keyboard mapping, see also #1062
  • pygtkgl errors

Maybe also:

  • #1317: NVIDIA Capture SDK
Last edited 5 years ago by Antoine Martin (previous) (diff)

comment:4 Changed 5 years ago by Antoine Martin

The gtkglext problem is upstream and is not in our (to be upstreamed) port of pygtkglext. Created a ticket for it: mingw-w64-x86_64-gtkglext DLL wrongly imports DllMain.

comment:5 Changed 5 years ago by Antoine Martin

Found a solution: build gtkglext with "-mwindows", so we now have opengl with 64-bit builds! (PS: it seems that simply building from source is enough)

Last edited 5 years ago by Antoine Martin (previous) (diff)

comment:6 Changed 5 years ago by Antoine Martin

Owner: changed from Antoine Martin to alas
Status: assignednew

r14852 fixes the keyboard with 64-bit builds. (was a ctypes method signature error)

It's likely that there are other places where we should be more strict with C API signatures. 64-bit builds are more likely to expose these problems.

64-bit builds are also likely to be much faster at video decoding.

@afarr: over to you to find some bugs. Please bug smo to make sure you can reproduce these builds on your own environment.

I have uploaded 3 different types of r14852 builds you can test - this should help us figure out if the bug is caused by the move to msys2 (#678) or 64-bit builds.

Here's how to differentiate them from now on:

  • "Xpra-Legacy_Setup*.exe": builds made on the old XP VM (seems to be missing sound)
  • "Xpra-x86_64_Setup*.exe": 64-bit msys2 builds
  • "Xpra_Setup*exe": 32-bit msys2 builds

comment:7 Changed 5 years ago by J. Max Mena

Alright, so I pulled down all three installers and gave it a whirl against a 2.0 r13454 server (latest package available on my Fedora 25 machine, for some odd reason sound is completely borked when I build from source - am investigating):


  • sound is missing
  • Error about importing propsys
  • cannot import OpenGL - client exists with an import error
    • can connect with --opengl=no...which I was going to do anyways because Intel

Launcher output:

2017-01-25 13:47:58,256 propsys missing
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "xpra\platform\win32\gui.pyc", line 53, in <module>
ImportError: No module named propsys
2017-01-25 13:47:58,256 Warning: propsys support missing, window grouping is not available
2017-01-25 13:47:58,348 Xpra gtk2 client version 2.0-r14852 32-bit
2017-01-25 13:47:58,348  running on Microsoft Windows 8.1
Warning: failed to import GStreamer 1.x:
 No module named gi
2017-01-25 13:47:58,536 Error: failed to query sound subsystem:
2017-01-25 13:47:58,552  query did not return any data
xpra main error:
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "xpra\scripts\main.pyc", line 136, in main
  File "xpra\scripts\main.pyc", line 1204, in run_mode
  File "xpra\scripts\main.pyc", line 2051, in run_client
  File "xpra\client\ui_client_base.pyc", line 434, in init_ui
  File "xpra\client\gtk_base\gtk_client_base.pyc", line 643, in init_opengl
  File "xpra\platform\win32\gui.pyc", line 189, in gl_check
ImportError: No module named OpenGL.platform

But other than that it appears to work fine.

  • 32-bit 2.0:

Appears to work fine, however there's a typo when importing gsview:

2017-01-25 14:43:42,215 Error initializing printing support:
2017-01-25 14:43:42,215  cannot find gsprint.exe in 'C:/Program Files (x86)/Xpra\gsview'

The last slash is a backslash not a forward slash.

Other than that seems to work fine.

  • 64-bit 2.0:

Same error with gsview:

2017-01-25 15:09:02,451 Error initializing printing support:
2017-01-25 15:09:02,451  cannot find gswin32c.exe in 'C:/Program Files/Xpra\gsview'

Although I do wonder if it's possible to use the 32-bit gsview for printing

comment:8 Changed 5 years ago by Antoine Martin

Owner: changed from alas to J. Max Mena
  • legacy build issues should be fixed: opengl (r14855), sound (r14857), propsys (r14858)
  • the printing issues were due to the missing ghostscript / gsview on the build machine (fixed), r14859 also makes us prefer the 64-bit version of the tools if we find it installed (note: running 32-bit applications on a 64-bit system is not a problem)

comment:9 Changed 5 years ago by J. Max Mena

Owner: changed from J. Max Mena to atnoine

No obvious bugs with the r14860 clients (connected against a r14862 2.0 server), but I do have one piece of feedback for you:

The session info does not denote what architecture the client and server are running, and since we'll be mixing 32 and 64 bit builds, it would make sense to put that information in the Session Info page.

Passing back to you - if you feel it's unnecessary, then go ahead and close (unless you have anything else that needs to be done) as I can't seem to find anything wrong with any of the builds. Anecdotally, video performance *feels* better because I can play FTL at a notably better FPS with the 64-bit build. I wish I had some hard data to back that up, but until then anecdotal evidence will have to suffice.

comment:10 Changed 5 years ago by Antoine Martin

Component: androidplatforms
Keywords: win32 added
Milestone: 2.0
Resolution: fixed
Status: newclosed

Performance is notoriously hard to measure.

Good point about the ability to distinguish builds, r15115 adds the "64bit" string to the about dialog.

comment:11 Changed 3 years ago by Antoine Martin

pycuda update: had to do this to get pycuda 2019.1.2 to build on MSYS2:

pushd src/cpp
ln -sf ../../bpl-subset/bpl_subset/boost pycudaboost
pacman -S mingw-w64-x86_64-python3-mako mingw-w64-x86_64-python3-decorator
Last edited 3 years ago by Antoine Martin (previous) (diff)

comment:12 Changed 17 months ago by migration script

this ticket has been moved to: https://github.com/Xpra-org/xpra/issues/1413

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