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Re: Emacs vista build failures

From: Jason Rumney
Subject: Re: Emacs vista build failures
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2008 09:16:59 +0100
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Evans Winner wrote:
> "Lennart Borgman (gmail)" <address@hidden>
> writes:
>     I presented (in this thread I believe) some of my
>     arguments about why to care about w32 too in my reply to
>     RMS about a portable mini-bash. I might be wrong, my
>     arguments might be bad, but I tried to give some
>     arguments.
> I don't know much about it, but isn't that what MinGW is
> supposed to provide?

I think Lennart's suggestion is about a having a small POSIX shell that
can be bundled with Emacs (and other programs) to use on systems that do
not have a POSIX shell by default. MinGW/MSYS is an external dependency
which means an extra thing to go wrong for users.

I do think this idea presents a chicken and egg problem though - the
shell is needed by configure, but will not be available until it has
been built by a bootstrap.

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