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Re: [h-e-w] Unix utilities for Emacs on MS Windows

From: Lennart Borgman
Subject: Re: [h-e-w] Unix utilities for Emacs on MS Windows
Date: Wed, 23 Nov 2005 20:28:54 +0100
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Neil Mackie wrote:

Lennart Borgman suggested,

I did prefer GnuWin32, but it unfortunately lacks a unix style shell.

MSYS has a shell which although the executable is sh.exe is actually
bash AFAIKT. It and mingw also have the traditional download +
untar/unzip install method rather than an installer which are not
allowed in secure/locked down environments. You can then add whatever
cli executables you wish from whereever you wish, including GnuWin32.
You can not use all of the GnuWin32 binaries with MSYS.

Why can not an installer work if you can unzip or untar? Does not that depend on what the installer does? If the installer for example want to write to certain places in the Windows Registry you can not do that without privileges, but you can write to other places.

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