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Re: [Groff] Re: MSVC Port

From: Werner LEMBERG
Subject: Re: [Groff] Re: MSVC Port
Date: Mon, 01 Dec 2003 00:48:47 +0100 (CET)

> > Ideally, I would like to support MSVC directly, but this requires
> > a lot of work.  My idea is to have a script file which creates the
> > necessary files for compilation (Makefile, config.h, etc.) instead
> > of executing the configure script.  This script should be run
> > under Unix (at `make dist' time), and output files should be
> > placed into arch/msvc to avoid cluttering the source tree.  The
> > only prerequisite for compilation with MSVC would be to have GNU
> > make (and the necessary binaries like gs or netpbm at run time).
> > Since I don't use Windows this would be a volunteer's job.
> Seems to me that this would likely require a great deal of effort.
> I don't intend any disrespect here; I am just interested in your
> thought process.  If going to this length, should you not also aim
> to create a makefile which is compatible with Microsoft's own
> 'nmake' tool?

Ideally, yes.

> If you retain the dependency on GNU make, why not also retain a
> requirement for a framework capable of running the configure script?
> After all, the stated aim of the MSYS project is to provide a
> minimal framework for running configure scripts and GNU make, (which
> it also provides), to produce native binaries for Windows-32.

I see.  I missed the `minimal'.  Just curious: How big is the tarball
for MSYS?  It seems that my original idea is not very useful...


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