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Re: <dirent> functions under MinGW

From: Tor Lillqvist
Subject: Re: <dirent> functions under MinGW
Date: Thu, 17 Mar 2005 09:47:59 +0200

Bob Friesenhahn writes:
 > Yes, I am talking about building using MSYS.

Not just *using* MSYS (i.e. using MSYS's shell, sed, m4, awk etc), but
*for* MSYS, right? Targetting MSYS is not something one would commonly
do, is it? The whole point of MSYS is that it is a runtime used by
development tools (configure-time and later) only, isn't it?

 > Which means that unsuspecting programs built under MSYS
 > (e.g. libltdl) may end up being GPLed by accident when it was
 > assumed that only GPL-free MINGW headers/libraries were used.

That is then a very wrong assumption. To build *for* MSYS, I assume
you have downloaded the MSYS sources and use the headers from there?
There certainy is no dirent.h in the MSYS package that people who just
*use* MSYS install.

The dirent.h provided with mingw, on the other hand, is the
public-domain one, and the dirent implementation that programs built
using mingw (and MSYS) use is the public-domain one. (Unless you have
seriously mixed up things yourself and copied stuff here and there.)


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