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RE: [h-e-w] Re: binary distibution of 21.3 for windows 2000

From: Peter Milliken
Subject: RE: [h-e-w] Re: binary distibution of 21.3 for windows 2000
Date: Thu, 13 Nov 2003 06:19:44 +1100

Agreed :-)

I guess there was an implied twist there in my thinking that *if* you
compiled by source (using Cygwin) then it would require installing cygwin -
this later for those NTEmacs users who haven't considered going down that
path :-)

Having said that, I have discovered that you can't actually compile
emacs-21.3 (the official source distribution as opposed to the "tip"
obtained from the CVS repository) as the current cygwin distribution
contains gcc 3.X only (well, I couldn't at least :-)). When I managed to
compile the official distribution way back when it was first released, the
cygwin folk still maintained gcc 2.95 and that is the gcc version with which
I successfully built my emacs binary.

I have only tried with gcc 3.3.1, I think there is an option to install gcc
3.2.3 but I didn't try that. I assume that the CVS repository is up to date
with the changes to gcc, so if you contemplate compiling from source you
would either have to access cygwin gcc 2.95 or get the latest source from
the CVS repository.

Fortunately, these days having had my fingers burnt too many times by the
cygwin effort, I kept my "previous" install of cygwin, so I just reverted.
Too many times in the past I have upgraded my cygwin installation only to
find something that used to work nolonger does (it does catch up eventually
- but who wants to wait? :-)).


-----Original Message-----
From: Dr Francis J. Wright [mailto:address@hidden
Sent: Wednesday, November 12, 2003 11:36 PM
To: Peter Milliken; address@hidden
Subject: Re: [h-e-w] Re: binary distibution of 21.3 for windows 2000

I agree, except that these are not benefits of compiling from source.  I run
Cygwin diff, ispell and rcs (and probably a few other programs) using the
precompiled NTEmacs (not Cygwin Emacs) with no difficulty.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Peter Milliken" <address@hidden>
To: <address@hidden>
Sent: Tuesday, November 11, 2003 10:46 PM
Subject: RE: [h-e-w] Re: binary distibution of 21.3 for windows 2000

There are benefits to compiling from source :-)

One benefit is that you now have cygwin and access to all of those
applications that you can then run/access from within Emacs i.e. diff,
ispell, cvs etc.

Access to external utilities such as these are one of the powerful features
of Emacs IMO :-)

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