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RE: [Gnu-arch-users] Arch On Cygwin(Win32)

From: Karel Gardas
Subject: RE: [Gnu-arch-users] Arch On Cygwin(Win32)
Date: Fri, 14 Nov 2003 10:12:28 +0100 (CET)

On Thu, 13 Nov 2003, Parker, Ron wrote:

> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Robert Collins [mailto:address@hidden
> > On Thu, 2003-11-13 at 20:26, Karel Gardas wrote:
> > > - do clean Arch Win32 port w/o a need for Cygwin. Here required GNU
> tools
> > >   might be provided/compiled by MinGW.
> > And you assume that the MSVCRT runtime (which mingw targets) using
> > unicode paths automatically?! I'm not at all sure that it does. If it
> > doesn't do it automatically, then you have a worse problem than cygwin:
> > X separate sets of code to update, rather than one thunk layer to fix.
> I don't advise this path either, but in the interest of simply answering the
> question:
> MSVCRT at least imports all four Create{File,Directory}[AW] API calls.  But
> to get the runtime to use the ...W forms one must call the _w... functions
> instead of the standard ones, e.g. _wopen instead of open.
> MSVCRT never implicitly converts between MBS and WCS representations, and it
> certainly does not automatically implement the "\\?\" hack.

Folks, I'm not win32 programmer nor user! I'm just poor Unix
user/developer who is pressed by Win32 programmers screaming for TLA not
available on Windows. :-)

As I have told to Robert on IIRC. My only experience with the long
path/short path support in Windows & Cygwin is that I took tarbal of
compessed `larch get mico--devel--2.3` and tries to:

1) tar -xf mico--devel--2.3 on windows with tar.exe => everything unpacked
even w/ long paths

2) do the same but inside Cygwin environment and tar badly complained
about too long paths

So my idea was: heck if native win32 tar supports long paths, then TLA
might be even ported to the native windows.

Anyway, I perfectly agree that fixing Cygwin is the best spent time in the
attempt to get TLA running on Windows in any way and so I'm very glad and
I very appreciate that you two are working toward this goal!

Thanks a lot,

Karel Gardas                  address@hidden
ObjectSecurity Ltd. 

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