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Re: compiling BASH on windows without cygwin not possible

From: Eric Blake
Subject: Re: compiling BASH on windows without cygwin not possible
Date: Mon, 29 Mar 2010 08:05:19 -0600
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On 03/26/2010 09:59 PM, Jim Michaels wrote:
> configure is a BASH script.  Am I not correct in stating that BASH requires 
> BASH to install?

No.  Bash requires a quasi-POSIX-conformant shell to be built, but can
be installed without the use of such a shell.  Your complaint that bash
cannot be bootstrapped on windows is not true.  You can build it on
another machine, using a cross-compiler, then copy the resulting
executable over.  And since bash is not the only shell that has been
ported to windows, you could start your bash-on-windows build by
installing another ported shell instead of bash.

> windows does not come with any such sh shell.  and I need to be able to build 
> one from scratch.

You can obtain bash pre-built for windows by going to cygwin.com.

Eric Blake   address@hidden    +1-801-349-2682
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