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Re: Request update of Target Platforms section

From: Nathaniel Hayden
Subject: Re: Request update of Target Platforms section
Date: Mon, 02 Feb 2015 11:19:01 -0800
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On 02/02/2015 07:56 AM, Eric Blake wrote:
On 02/01/2015 02:13 PM, Ben Pfaff wrote:
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.
So we ought to patch that.  These days, the 'mingw' project (32-bit
only) is quite ancient, and not supported by Fedora.  Instead, the
'mingw64' project (both 32-bit and 64-bit) is actively maintained, and
both are easy cross-compilation targets under both Fedora and Cygwin.

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.
Yep, thanks for the pointing out the distinction. I should have been more precise, that I'm interested in expanded MinGW-w64 support to include 64-bit mode.
These days, I've done more testing of mingw64 (both bit-widths) than of
the older mingw; maybe we should just update things to declare mingw64
as our main target.  At any rate, 64-bit mingw mostly works with gnulib,
and I welcome any bug reports.

Thank you for your consideration. I wonder how many people consider Gnulib, but see the date in that section (and the versions listed) and turn to something else.

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