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Re: some emacs-21.1.1 problems

From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: Re: some emacs-21.1.1 problems
Date: Fri, 23 Nov 2001 12:29:17 +0200

> From: David Kastrup <address@hidden>
> Newsgroups: gnu.emacs.bug
> Date: 22 Nov 2001 21:24:35 +0100
> From the above, BTW, I get the impression that the first thing you
> should throw out, free or not, is Cygwin.

Users cannot throw away Cygwin, because Cygwin is the single most
important source of Windows ports of GNU software.  Unfortunately,
Cygwin's way to make ports (hide the differences between Unix and
Windows in the standard C library) has subtle misfeatures, one of
which is the /cygdrive/x/foo thingy.  The DJGPP project
(http://www.delorie.com/djgpp/) shows how IMHO this _should_ be done;
but DJGPP programs are DOS programs, as far as Windows is concerned,
(although they work very well as console applications even on
Windows), so if you want access to Windows features like DDE, sockets,
and the GUI interface, you cannot use DJGPP.

Apart from Cygwin and DJGPP, there's no other comparable effort to
port GNU software to Windows, so Windows users who cannot toss Windows
have nowhere else to go.

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