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Re: compiling BASH on windows without cygwin not possible

From: Chet Ramey
Subject: Re: compiling BASH on windows without cygwin not possible
Date: Sat, 27 Mar 2010 13:40:35 -0400
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On 3/26/10 11:59 PM, Jim Michaels wrote:
> bash 4.1
> XP Pro SP3 32-bit, 
> using MinGW compiler
> short description:
> I have discovered that the installation method for BASH is actually recursive 
> in nature, if I am not mistaken, requiring BASH to install BASH.  read the 
> first steps of the install.
> "  1. `cd' to the directory containing the source code and type
>      `./configure' to configure Bash for your system.  If you're using
>      `csh' on an old version of System V, you might need to type `sh
>      ./configure' instead to prevent `csh' from trying to execute
>      `configure' itself."
> configure is a BASH script.  Am I not correct in stating that BASH requires 
> BASH to install?

Yes.  There is no native windows bootstrap mechanism available in the
source distribution.  You have to rely on something like MinGW, which has
an already-compiled shell available for download.

> windows does not come with any such sh shell.  and I need to be able to build 
> one from scratch.
> you are not doing me any favors here, and I need BASH. please fix.

Sorry, I don't do development on Windows.  I leave that to the cygwin and
MinGW folks.

``The lyf so short, the craft so long to lerne.'' - Chaucer
                 ``Ars longa, vita brevis'' - Hippocrates
Chet Ramey, ITS, CWRU    address@hidden    http://cnswww.cns.cwru.edu/~chet/

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