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Re: 3.81 and windows paths

From: Brian Dessent
Subject: Re: 3.81 and windows paths
Date: Thu, 27 Jul 2006 13:21:07 -0700

Bob Rossi wrote:

> Is it true that 3.81 does not work with windows paths?
> If so, what is the solution now? I need to use the unix path
> interally to make, and use the windows path only when compiling
> with cl?

Please refer to the lengthy discussion on the Cygwin list.

To summarize, the Cygwin version of make prior to 3.81 contained local
patches to support both posix and Windows paths.  The Cygwin maintainer
got tired of continuously maintaining these local patches and so when
packaging 3.81 the vanilla sources were used.  This means that only
posix paths work.

However, completely separate from Cygwin is the native (mingw) build of
make which has always supported Windows paths and always will.  So it's
completely wrong to say that make doesn't support Windows paths.  You
should use this version if you need to support such paths.

The only thing that has changed was on the part of the Cygwin make
maintainer, and so this discussion belongs on the Cygwin list (where it
has already been hashed out in length.)


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