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Re: 3.81 and windows paths

From: Paul D. Smith
Subject: Re: 3.81 and windows paths
Date: Fri, 28 Jul 2006 09:56:20 -0400

%% Christopher Faylor <address@hidden> writes:

  cf> There is no advantage using cygwin if you want to use a Makefile
  cf> which contains MS-DOS paths.  Using MinGW makes perfect sense in
  cf> that case.  Despite having suggested this repeatedly, it seems
  cf> some users are still not clear on this concept.

Well, I can understand the desire to use a generally POSIX environment,
but still have some requirements that it interact with native Windows in
some ways.  I did read the thread on the cygwin mailing list so I know
people could work around it with macros or cygpath or whatever.

  cf> If you want to use a Makefile which works in a Cygwin environment,
  cf> however, then obviously you need to build it with a Cygwin gcc.

You'll have to forgive my virtually complete ignorance of all things
Windows, even Cygwin, but if you have a minute... why?

I mean, if there is no special Cygwin code in make any longer, then
can't people use a native Windows build of make and have it invoke tools
in the Cygwin environment?

Or is there something special going on that means this won't work?

Regardless, I still wonder whether my idea of building make for a POSIX
environment with Cygwin, but setting HAVE_DOS_PATHS explicitly, would

  cf> Again, I'm sorry for any confusion this may have caused.

Absolutely no problem Christopher; I hope I didn't sound peeved because
I'm not.  I'm happy to see this change, and I'm happy that I understand
the source of the confusion some Cygwin users have been having lately.
It's all good!


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