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Re: Some error info from configure.bat please

From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: Re: Some error info from configure.bat please
Date: Sun, 03 Jul 2005 18:11:48 +0200

> Date: Sun, 03 Jul 2005 09:50:55 +0200
> From: Lennart Borgman <address@hidden>
> CC: address@hidden,  address@hidden
> Is zsh good for unpacking distributions?

zsh is a very good shell (the "**" feature alone is something to kill
for), and it has a sh compatibility mode, so is suitable for every job
we need a Unix shell for.

Unfortunately, the Windows port is unmaintained, and I found a few
bugs in it, one of them blatant and nasty (it didn't know that sh.exe
and sh point to the same program, so it didn't invoke sh compatibility
mode in some cases).  I fixed the blatant bug (long live Free
Software!), but found a few more while testing the patched version,
and then I ran out of free time.  The patched binary works fine for me
in simple situations, like building Emacs, and works well with
GnuWin32 ports of other utilities; the problems I still need to debug
only raise their ugly heads in very complex scripts, like `configure'
and `libtool'.  I hope to work on the rest of the bugs when I have
free time, and then I might upload the result somewhere, because a
native Windows port of a Unixy shell is IMHO sorely needed.

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