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Re: [Mingw-cross-env-list] byteswap.h

From: Martin Lambers
Subject: Re: [Mingw-cross-env-list] byteswap.h
Date: Sun, 29 May 2011 14:27:13 +0200
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On 29/05/11 11:36, Volker Grabsch wrote:
> Second: Can we include an alternative implementation of byteswap.h
> in mingw-cross-env? Of course we could, for instance by providing
> a package for that. For instance, we could take it from Gnulib:
> http://www.gnu.org/software/gnulib/
> http://www.gnu.org/s/hello/manual/gnulib/byteswap_002eh.html
> However, I don't think this is the "right" way to do it, because
> the Gnulib says:
> "Gnulib takes a different approach. Its components are intended
>  to be shared at the source level, rather than being a library
>  that gets built, installed, and linked against. Thus, there is
>  no distribution tarball; the idea is to copy files from Gnulib
>  into your own source tree."
> So I recommend that you copy Gnulib's byteswap.h into your source
> tree, and to handle it as some kind of compatibility layer. Also,
> you might want to include other Gnulib files you are interested in.

The gnulib developers are currently working on a "libposix" feature that
would allow to install gnulib as a library:

Once a first version of this is released, it would make a very
interesting addition to Mingw-cross-env. By using an additional include
directory and linking with libposix one would get much of the POSIX API
with MinGW (and other systems).


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