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[Axiom-developer] A bug in makefile for Windows port

From: michel . lavaud
Subject: [Axiom-developer] A bug in makefile for Windows port
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2003 13:09:49 +0100

Hello Camm,

I think there are a few bugs in the stable release of gcl (gcl_2.6.1-
18.tar.gz), for the Windows port of gcl, in lines 144 to 160 of
gcl/makefile. These lines create the file gclm.bat, that runs Gcl under

- First, there is reference to version 2.5.0 instead of 2.6.1, which
prevents the created gclm.bat from running Gcl.

- Second, these lines are apparently written to run Gcl under any version
of Windows (and in particular under Win98), but gclm.bat does not work
under Win98, the code generated is broken. It works under Win2000/XP
though but, in this case, it is too complicated, the first 8 lines could
be removed (they are needed for Win9x only).

The last binary version for Windows (dated 20031026) installs correctly
and works, even under Win98, but it uses a file gcl.bat to run Gcl, which
is probably created by the Windows installer, as it refers to 2.6.1, not
to 2.5.0. I am not quite sure, as I did not find the install script for
Windows, but there is anyway something that is not quite in phase with
readme.mingw, as it says Gcl can be run from gclm.bat.

It is not important that gclm.bat be broken, when only the Windows
executable is required, as gcl.bat does the job (in that case, just
deleting the lines in gcl/makefile would clean the file), but it might
have some consequences for Axiom, as it uses the sources of Gcl, as far as
I understand (the archive gcl-2.6.1.tgz included in axiom/zips uses the
same makefile, with reference to 2.5.0 etc.) ?

Best wishes,

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