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Re: Make check in trunk

From: Andy Moreton
Subject: Re: Make check in trunk
Date: Wed, 03 Sep 2014 00:24:46 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/24.3.93 (windows-nt)

On Tue 02 Sep 2014, Eli Zaretskii wrote:

>> From: Andy Moreton <address@hidden>
>> Date: Tue, 02 Sep 2014 18:52:30 +0100
>> I switched over last week, in order to start using the Mingw64 compiler
>> in a painless way.
> Are you saying that MSYS cannot run MinGW64?
> If not, what do you mean by "painless"?  What kind of pain did you
> experience before?

The mingw project is rudderless, and up until only a couple of weeks ago
had been advertising a broken compiler and runtime as its current
release for months.

Setting up a working MSYS/mingw build environment with a consistent set
of libraries for optional emacs features (images, XML, etc.) is a
pain. The mingw/MSYS world does not have any package management worth
the name.

MSYS2 is simply a more recent fork from Cygwin than MSYS. The project
has 32bit and 64bit MSYS2 environments, and packages including mingw and mingw64
(32 and 64bit) toolchains and libs. It is far easier to install a full
consistent set of dependencies with a working package manager.

I want a simple way to get a full featured up to date emacs build, and
then use it for productive work. I do not want to spend my time tracking
down the right combination of tools and libraries (or have to build all
of them myself). At the moment, MSYS2 with a mingw64 toolchain fits that
requirement far better than mingw/MSYS.


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