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Re: Emacs on Windows XP -> Cygwin

From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: Re: Emacs on Windows XP -> Cygwin
Date: Tue, 13 Nov 2007 06:13:56 +0200

> From: Chris McMahan <address@hidden>
> Date: Mon, 12 Nov 2007 20:09:38 -0500
> I wouldn't recommend that. I am running Windows XP with Cygwin, and
> I'm using the XP (w32) version of Emacs and the cygwin tools without
> any problems.

I wouldn't recommend doing what you do, unless the OP likes to
"tinker" with all kinds of Emacs options and optional packages, such
as cygwin-mount.  There are subtle incompatibilities between Cygwin
and native Windows programs (file-name conventions, console and pipe
I/O, text vs. binary I/O, signal delivery, etc.), so someone who's
used for things "to just work", like they do on GNU/Linux, is well
advised to limit him/herself to either only Cygwin programs or only
native Windows programs.

> The cygwin version of emacs is (AFAIK) an older version.

One can find a pointer to the latest one by searching the archives of
the Cygwin mailing list.

> To get windowing support, you must run the Cygwin xserver.

True, but where's the problem with that? an X server is available as
part of the Cygwin download.

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