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Re: Bash install on Windows 7 using SUA

From: Lionel Cons
Subject: Re: Bash install on Windows 7 using SUA
Date: Thu, 11 Jul 2013 14:41:52 +0200

On 2 July 2013 22:44, Eric Blake <address@hidden> wrote:
> On 07/02/2013 12:20 PM, Chris Irvine wrote:
>> I tried to download the BASH for my Windows 7 computer with SUA (services
>> for Unix installed).  The latest download script, config.guess, was used and
>> the configure command failed with an error.  I have attached a picture of
>> the error message in a Word document.
> Sheesh - you made people have to read a non-free file format to see a
> screenshot, instead of just copying and pasting the text of the error
> message itself.  Stunts like that cause undue network congestion, and
> alienate you from free software developers who try to stay as far away
> from proprietary software as possible.
> Your screenshot shows that your build error boils down to:
> loadmsgcat.c: In function `get_sysdep_segment_value':
> loadmsgcat.c:727: error: `uintmax_t' undeclared (first use in this function)
> which means your system has incomplete headers, and no one else has ever
> tried working around that bug.
> SUA is a rather wimpy porting platform.  Have you considered trying
> Cygwin instead (see cygwin.com), so that you don't have to put up with
> all the non-conforming incomplete POSIX garbage that Microsoft is
> pushing with their SUA platform?

The problem isn't 'whimpy platform', the problem is that the POSIX
APIs implemented by Window's 7 SUA are too old to be usable. SUA needs
an update to be competitive.


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