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Re: Revised gawk roadmap now available

From: John Cowan
Subject: Re: Revised gawk roadmap now available
Date: Wed, 4 Aug 2010 13:48:21 -0400

On Wed, Aug 4, 2010 at 11:50 AM, Eli Zaretskii <address@hidden> wrote:

>> So it sounds like MinGW and/or MSYS are the way to go.
> MinGW.  MSYS builds are only needed for running Gawk as part of
> building some other package.

That's the party line, yes, but it's in fact very sensible to provide
MSYS as a target for command-line development tools.  For example,
Chicken Scheme can be built with either PLATFORM=mingw (for use from
cmd.exe) or PLATFORM=mingw-msys (for use from the MSYS shell).  If you
mostly live in that shell, it's quite convenient to have an
MSYS-specific build to avoid problems with the MSYS shell converting
slashes to backslashes when it should not, and so on.  It's the same
argument that justifies providing separate Cygwin builds, basically.

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