Compiling Firebird on Windows 7 64-bit

Just one more aggravation on the road to 64-bit paradise.  I tried to compile Firebird on my Windows 7 64-bit system using Visual Studio 8, by following the directions given in firebird2\doc\  Of course it didn’t work.  make_icu.bat reported all targets skipped.  Oh joy!

I turns out, if you want to build Firebird using the 32-bit compiler (which I did) on 64-bit Windows, you need to do so from a 32-bit command prompt.  I didn’t even know that there was such a thing, but there is.  The only way I could find to start a 32-bit command prompt was to browse to \Windows\SysWOW64 and start the cmd.exe found there.

Once I tried the build from the 32-bit command prompt, everything worked just like it should have.

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