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Re: Are there non-mingw32 binaries for Windows?

From: Kevin Layer
Subject: Re: Are there non-mingw32 binaries for Windows?
Date: Thu, 17 Nov 2016 09:54:55 -0800

I've just never used the mingw32 binaries and the installation is more
complex.  I have been repackaging the older, single-zip binaries with
an NSIS installer, since it's just easier for Windows people to run an
exe to install.  The NSIS installer is here:


I'm just embarking on the task of updating it for 25.1, and wanted to
know if the old style binaries were just temporarily missing or gone
forever.  So, it's the latter.  I'll work to modify the scripts.

One question about the mingw32 emacs binary: is it like the Cygwin
emacs binary where it uses Cygwin mounts?  What I liked about the
native (MSVC) compiled emacs was that it used C:\... instead of /c/...



On Thu, Nov 17, 2016 at 6:58 AM, Phillip Lord
<address@hidden> wrote:
> On Wed, November 16, 2016 11:47 pm, Kevin Layer wrote:
>> It seems 24.3 was the last version that had non-mingw32 binaries.  I'm
>> speaking of this:
>> https://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/emacs/windows/emacs-24.3-bin-i386.zip
>> Is there an equivalent build like this for 25.1?
> Both builds (32 and 64 bit) for 25.1 use mingw.
> I'd like to unpick a bit why you are asking the question, because it may
> mean that our documentation or file naming is confusing.
> Are you looking for a "standalone" emacs that can be installed without a
> mingw or msys2 installation? If that is the case, the binaries provided
> will do this job for you.
> Are you worried about the altered directory structure (i.e. /var, /bin,
> /etc)?
> Do you have some other reason for not using ming compiled binaries?
> Probably for future releases of windows binaries, I should drop the
> "-ming" from the file name. It's not doing anything.
> Phil

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