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Re: Emacs for Windows

From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: Re: Emacs for Windows
Date: Fri, 10 Oct 2014 09:36:35 +0300

> From: "Pascal J. Bourguignon" <>
> Date: Fri, 10 Oct 2014 03:07:52 +0200
> E Sabof <> writes:
> > Last time I've tried using Emacs on Windows, finding adequate
> > replacements for Unix utilities and libraries was a problem. There
> > should be demand for a well-researched, batteries-included
> > distribution.
> There is.  It is called cygwin.

Not something to be suggested as the first choice, since Cygwin lives
in its own Posix world, subtly incompatible with the native Windows
world.  E.g., you will be unable to pass Windows d:\foo\bar file names
to Cygwin utilities, unless you install support packages to do that.
And there subtle issues with subprocess I/O.

I recommend native MinGW-compiled utilities, unless the OP wants those
for which native ports simply don't exist (e.g., those that require
the Posix 'fork' semantics).

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