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Re: Pretest

From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: Re: Pretest
Date: Mon, 30 Oct 2006 23:12:09 +0200

> From: Richard Stallman <address@hidden>
> CC: address@hidden, address@hidden, address@hidden
> Date: Mon, 30 Oct 2006 08:33:15 -0500
> I don't know the Windows build code, but I'd expect this to be a
> fairly small change.  And since it only has to run on one system, once
> it is working for one of you, there's not a big chance it will fail
> elsewhere.

It is not a small change.  It requires to move portions of
lib-src/makefile.w32-in to src/makefile.w32-in, and then making
corresponding changes in nt/makefile.w32-in.  The moved portions
should work both for normal build and for bootstrap.

The Windows build is generally quite fragile, since it needs to
support a variety of Windows versions and shells, both stock Windows
shells (some of which are very stupid) and ported Unix shells, and
also a variety of ports of cp, mv, etc.  Some Windows versions are not
in use by the Emacs developers, so we have no good way of testing such
non-trivial changes.  That is why I think we can live with the few
minor problems until after the release.

> Anyway, keeping things similar from system to system tends to be cleaner.

I agree.

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