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Re: MS-Windows build using Posix configury

From: Dani Moncayo
Subject: Re: MS-Windows build using Posix configury
Date: Thu, 16 May 2013 20:01:04 +0200

>> "/usr/local" is a valid directory specification in MSYS, so I don't
>> see why the installation should fail.   Omitting the --prefix in "make
>> install" should simply install Emacs under that directory.
> Except that /usr/local is mapped by MSYS to something like
> C:\MSYS\local or some such, not something Windows users who aren't
> used to MSYS would expect.  After "make install", a naive user might
> not be able to find the installation, especially if the sources are
> not on drive C:.  That's why I wrote in INSTALL.MSYS that using the
> default is not recommended.

Yes, I agree.

I just was pointing out the behavior I would expect if someone omits
--prefix when configuring, and also when installing Emacs.

> In general, I suggest to always specify --prefix in Windows format,
> i.e. x:/foo/bar, when using MSYS to run the configure scripts.  MSYS
> Bash supports that, and using Windows file names will give you a
> chance to remember one less weird factoid.
>> The Texinfo version that comes with MSYS works just fine, AFAICT.
>> There is only a minor issue with ^M characters that get inserted in
>> the info directory in certain situations.
>> So, I don't see a big need for having to uninstall that Texinfo and
>> manually install the other (the Windows-native) one.
> I will let users decide whether they want to uninstall it.  I just
> added a sentence with the mingw-get command needed to do so, that's
> all.


Thank you very much for your great work, Eli.

Dani Moncayo

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