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From: Kuba Ober <ober.14@o...>
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] Re: MinGW port w/o Cygwin?
On Wednesday 26 December 2007, Dmitry Bely wrote:
> On Dec 26, 2007 8:45 PM, Kuba Ober <ober.14@osu.edu> wrote:
> > > If MSYS become mandatory I strongly disagree. Cygwin is a common
> > > requirement for building any Ocaml distribution on Windows (even if
> > > you use Microsoft Visual Studio). I see absolutely no problem to
> > > install and use it. Why I should bother to install another Cygwin fork
> > > (MSYS) and handle name clashes etc.?
> >
> > Cygwin and MSYS are very different. Calling one another's fork is like
> > saying that Linux and FreeBSD are both UNIX forks.
>
> It looks like an offtopic here but still:
>
> http://www.mingw.org/MinGWiki/index.php/MSYS
> "The POSIX layer used by MSYS is a fork of the 1.3.3 version of Cygwin."
>
> In fact they just forked cygwin1.dll and stripped it down.

Hmm, interesting, I didn't know that. Yet I'd still imagine that the POSIX 
layer in MSYS is targeted toward the build tools themselves, not "other" 
software.

Cheers, Kuba