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Date: 2004-03-19 (17:09)
From: Gerd Stolpmann <info@g...>
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] install-ocaml.sh
On Fre, 2004-03-19 at 13:26, Alain.Frisch@ens.fr wrote:
> On Fri, 19 Mar 2004, Gerd Stolpmann wrote:
> > Cygwin support is under development. That means there is a GODI version
> > bootstrapping under Cygwin (thanks to Eugene Kotlyarov). I have not yet
> > released it because there are still some important problems with it,
> > e.g. one currently cannot self-update godi_console, but it is nearly
> > finished.
> What about the mingw port ?

This is a lot more complicated than the cygwin port:

- GODI uses a number of C programs that must be ported to Windows. 
- godi_console contains code that runs only under Unix, although this
  code is already separated into special modules, for easier porting.
- In addition to the problems already solved for Cygwin, and the 
  different OS primitives, more Windows peculiarities must be taken
  into account, e.g. the different filenames ("\" as separator, drive
  letters), no symlinks, etc.

A full port to MinGW is a lot of work! However, it is also possible to
do a "half port", that means that the mentioned C programs and
godi_console are taken from the Cygwin port as binaries. Of course, the
ocaml core and all libraries would be for MinGW. This means that GODI
itself still requires the Cygwin DLL to run, but that it would be
possible to generate pure Windows executables. This "half port" should
be quite simple (any volunteers?).

Gerd Stolpmann * Viktoriastr. 45 * 64293 Darmstadt * Germany 
gerd@gerd-stolpmann.de          http://www.gerd-stolpmann.de

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