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Re: Octave for Windows w/ Windows9x

From: Agustin Barto
Subject: Re: Octave for Windows w/ Windows9x
Date: Thu, 5 Jun 2003 23:01:29 -0300

So, there is no solution?

Good thing the older version of ofw (packaged with an old cygwin) still
works on those systems.


On Thu, 05 Jun 2003 19:06:06 -0400
Paul Kienzle <address@hidden> wrote:

> Agustin Barto wrote:
> >I tried the latest build of octave-2.1.49 on cygwin on a lot of
> >computers running on Win2K/XP with no problems, but on any Win9x/me I
> >tried the program hangs or pauses after entering every command (with
> >illegal operation messages here and there).
> >
> >Is there anything I can do to fix this? Compiling from Windows9x/ME
> >might help?
> >
> Every command?  For me I get the illegal operation
> messages every time octave calls fork().  Fork is
> very slow (it makes a copy of the process rather
> than being copy on write) which also explains the
> pauses.
> Instead of fork we should be using spawn.  Windows
> has a pipe operation, and I tried linking against that,
> but it didn't work for more complicated pipes.
> system() is called for help and for the pager.  If you
> don't use help, and you set page_screen_output=0,
> you should be okay.  It is annoying waiting for it
> to start up though.
> The fork() problem is part of the reason compiles
> take so long on cygwin.
> Paul Kienzle
> address@hidden

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