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The qidl compiler uses an external preprocessor, such as cpp. cpp is the default preprocessor and is part of Cygwin, which can be downloaded from

Before running the qidl compiler, do the following:

  • Add the path to the tools\bin directory in the Brew ® Mobile Platform (Brew MP) SDK to your PATH environment variable.
  • Verify that you have an external C preprocessor, such as cpp, installed on your computer.
    • You can use cpp by installing Cygwin (version 1.5.24 or later). Be sure to install the gcc package.
    • You can use cl.exe if you have Microsoft Visual Studio (2003, 2005, or 2008) installed.
    • You can use armcc if you have ADS ARM C Compiler (version 1.2) installed.