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Re: Request update of Target Platforms section

From: Ben Pfaff
Subject: Re: Request update of Target Platforms section
Date: Sun, 1 Feb 2015 13:13:53 -0800
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.23 (2014-03-12)

On Fri, Jan 30, 2015 at 05:38:23PM -0800, Nathaniel Hayden wrote:
> According to the content itself ("As of 2011 ...") the section was last
> updated in 2011, and commit logs seem to confirm this.
> I'm a developer in a bioinformatics group that uses the R statistical
> analysis language, also part of the GNU Project. I came across Gnulib while
> trying to port an important bioinformatics library (HTSlib) to Windows on
> the way to making it available in R. I've already had success with making
> the library work with mingw32. Thank you for your excellent work!
> But the R language toolchain for Windows is based on MinGW-w64. Currently
> the Target Platforms section reads
>     - mingw in 64-bit mode is not tested and low priority so far.
> The logs contain many commits around MinGW-w64. Can you comment on support
> for MinGW-w64--and is it now considered a reasonable target, and hence the
> Target Platforms section can be updated? I would like to sell adoption of
> Gnulib to the maintainers of HTSlib, but the ultimate goal is to make it
> work with R's toolchain.

My understanding, based on recalling previous discussions on this list,
is that mingw64 (despite its name) supports Windows in both 32-bit and
64-bit modes, and that Gnulib supports Windows only in 32-bit mode.

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