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Re: How to *properly* set up Emacs on Windows?

From: Óscar Fuentes
Subject: Re: How to *properly* set up Emacs on Windows?
Date: Thu, 10 Feb 2022 23:37:55 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/29.0.50 (gnu/linux)

Joost Kremers <> writes:

>>> (The
>>> Windows binaries that were anounced on emacs-devel the other day
>>> appear to be MSYS2 binaries?
>> I don't think so.
> I think I saw it mentioned somewhere that they were built with MSYS2. But I
> understand now that it's possible to build MinGW binaries with MSYS2, so that
> doesn't mean anything.

Correct. Actually, MSYS2 was created for building MinGW projects which
*build system* require a POSIX environment (autoconf, for instance). The
build products themselves do not depend on MSYS2 (unless you explicitly
use a toolchain that creates MSYS2 executables instead of the MinGW
toolchain, something only the MSYS2 maintainers usually do.)

> Gotcha. I've now added C:\Program Files\Git\cmd\bin to Path, though,
> because it seems magit needs it. (That may be a bug, but that's a
> topic for another forum.)

Magit will be fine without the directory of git.exe on PATH if you set
magit-git-executable to "C:/Program Files/Git/cmd/bin/git.exe"

> Thanks for your help, I have a much better idea of what I'm doing now.

You're welcome.

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