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Re: Trunk r117046 fails on systems with older automake

From: Andy Moreton
Subject: Re: Trunk r117046 fails on systems with older automake
Date: Wed, 07 May 2014 10:42:31 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/24.3.90 (windows-nt)

On Wed 07 May 2014, Paul Eggert wrote:

> The assumption is that people building from the repository are expert enough
> to use the extra development tools required, and to set up their environments
> so that these extra development tools work.  It shouldn't be rocket science,
> and it shouldn't be unreasonable to expect development tools to be installed
> correctly.  This particular problem seems isolated to Windows developers and I
> expect they'll work it out among themselves.

This is exactly the problem - getting a working toolchain is
considerably more difficult on Windows. There are several sets of
incompatible toolchains, and no package manager to install anything. On
other platforms (including Cygwin) this is easy.

The build requires two distinct sets of tools (msys for autotools and
configure, mingw for building) which live in separate locations and have
different filename translation schemes from posix style naming to the
underlying Windows filesystem. On Windows installing development tools
correctly *is* hard.

It would seems from the current issues that Eli is almost the only
developer successfully building for a Windows target from trunk.


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