Re: Portable AbiWord

From: Johnny Lee <>
Date: Wed Jan 11 2006 - 15:55:29 CET

For the official 2.4.2, the bin directory shows three files:
1 small EXE
1 huge-ass DLL - ~9 Mib
1 zlib1.dll, according to the version information it is version 1.2.2,
while, shows that 1.2.3 is current and has fixed
several security vulnerabilities and other bugs:

Current release:
zlib 1.2.3

July 18, 2005

Version 1.2.3 eliminates potential security vulnerabilities in zlib 1.2.1
and 1.2.2, so all users of those versions should upgrade immediately. The
following important fixes are provided in zlib 1.2.3 over 1.2.1 and 1.2.2:

Eliminate a potential security vulnerability when decoding invalid
compressed data
Eliminate a potential security vulnerability when decoding specially crafted
compressed data
Fix a bug when decompressing dynamic blocks with no distance codes
Fix crc check bug in gzread() after gzungetc()
Do not return an error when using gzread() on an empty file

Abiword 2.4.2 compiles under VC2005 to about a 4.2 Mib EXE using the
converted MSVC71 project files.


>From: "John T. Haller" <>
>Subject: Re: Portable AbiWord
>Date: Tue, 10 Jan 2006 15:06:21 -0500
>Tomas Frydrych wrote:
>>Erm, what exactly is included in this size? I am asking because the
>>non-debug AbiWord.exe (and whatever the libraries that come with it when
>>it is build on mingw are; not the plugins though) should be only ~5MB,
>>and as Alan said, it compresses down to a size that should fit, or
>>nearly fit, a floppy. If it is 18MB, then you are compressing (and we
>>are probably distributing) the binaries with debugging symbols in them,
>>and someone should look into fixing this -- we should not be passing -g
>>to gcc for building release binaries (or we need to run the strip
>>utility on them afterwards, if that works with mingw).
>A standard AbiWord install is actually 18.2MB using the installer on
> The bins are 9MB, help is 2.25MB, strings are 4.4MB. Those
>are the biggest pieces.

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