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Date: 2003-08-09 (09:04)
From: Gerd Stolpmann <info@g...>
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] GODI news
Am Fre, 2003-08-08 um 23.37 schrieb Matt Gushee:
> On Fri, Aug 08, 2003 at 11:20:01PM +0200, Gerd Stolpmann wrote:
> > 
> > the GODI repositories are now accessible from the Internet:
> >
> Very cool. Haven't tried it yet, but I mean to one of these days.
> > now to continue this way, and to collect build instructions, and 
> > to add user-friendly GUIs on top of the existing command-
> > line infrastructure. Last but not least a Cygwin port should
> > be tried.
> Why Cygwin, rather than MinGW?
> I confess I don't have a very good understanding of the issues--
> I've tried Cygwin, but only read about MinGW--but it seems to
> me that in general MinGW should be preferred for its lightweight-
> ness and because (apparently) it enables you to create native
> Win32 executables.

Simple answer: It is unwise to do the second step before the first.
Using Cygwin means that you have a full POSIX environment (Unix tools,
libraries), but there are already typical Windows problems, e.g.
filename conventions, CRLF, etc. Solve these first!

For the build environment, it is unlikely that we ever get rid of
Cygwin. It is possible, however, that the runtime environment (i.e.
O'Caml itself, and the tools for binary packages) are MinGW-based while
the build tools are still Cygwin-based. (A very typical setup for
MinGW.) That would allow us to create a binary MinGW distribution.

Gerd Stolpmann * Viktoriastr. 45 * 64293 Darmstadt * Germany

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