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Re: IDE versus emacs

From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: Re: IDE versus emacs
Date: Thu, 04 Oct 2012 19:26:13 +0200

> Date: Thu, 4 Oct 2012 12:48:49 -0400
> From: Wally Lepore <>
> So far I have learned that the following combination of tools for
> windows win32 platform x32 (i.e.win2k, winXP and win7) could be a
> start but perhaps some are not needed.
> Text Editor: emacs
> GUI Builder: GTK+2 or Glade
> Compiler: MinGW
> Debugger: ?

GDB, of course, available for download from the MinGW site.  Nothing
else will debug GCC-generated programs as efficiently as GDB does.
Emacs includes a front end for it, as I'm sure you know.

> Linker: ?

GNU Binutils, from MinGW.  You have no other choices if your compiler
is GCC.

> Standard "C" Library: ?

Windows comes with one already, so you don't need anything.  MinGW
runtime and headers come with a small set of additional functions that
are missing or grossly misfeatured in the MS-provided standard library
that is part of Windows.

Be sure to download also these important tools:


and learn about etags and ebrowse that come with Emacs (if you didn't
know about them already).

> I also located the links below for GNU tools for windows (not sure if
> I need any of these).

These are old and unmaintained.  Some of them are even badly broken.
I recommend to look on the MinGW site first, and then here:

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