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Re: No Guile on Windows? (was: My Guile Hacker Handbook)

From: Christopher Lam
Subject: Re: No Guile on Windows? (was: My Guile Hacker Handbook)
Date: Fri, 24 Jul 2020 17:32:23 +0800

Ditto gnucash on windows does include guile 2.2 but it's a major pain point
to get it to build.

On Fri, 24 Jul 2020, 3:24 pm Dr. Arne Babenhauserheide, <>

> Eli Zaretskii <> writes:
> > <rant>
> > Sadly, Guile seems to care only about one OS: GNU/Linux, and more or
> > less disregard the rest.  Features are added that clearly cannot
> > easily work on other OSes, let alone non-Posix ones, and with each
> > such new feature producing a working MinGW port becomes harder and
> > harder, even for experienced hackers.
> This is one of the biggest worries I have with the time I put into
> Guile: Many of my friends are still on Windows and in the current state
> of Guile I won’t be able to create tools that help them.
> Creating installers for Windows was bad with Python, it is much worse
> with Guile. I wish I could just do something like
> guild package --target windows -o my-program.exe entry-point.scm
> This prevents people from using Guile for anything that might have to be
> cross-platform (though the Lilypond folks got it working
> > Please don't bother replying to this rant, it's just FYI, to convey my
> > personal recollections and experiences from doing the 2.0.x port, and
> > I don't intend to argue about it.
> > </rant>
> I replied, because I did not intend to argue but rather support your
> point. While Guile is easiest to use on GNU Linux, a Windows port is a
> hard requirement if we want Guile to be useful as a platform for writing
> programs. There is GTK for Windows and it would be nice if we could
> actually script it from Guile:
> Best wishes,
> Arne
> --
> Unpolitisch sein
> heißt politisch sein
> ohne es zu merken

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