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Re: Compiling octave with MSVC

From: Michael Goffioul
Subject: Re: Compiling octave with MSVC
Date: Wed, 11 Oct 2006 23:17:27 +0200
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John W. Eaton a écrit :
On 11-Oct-2006, Andy Adler wrote:

| So, while I understand that John may not see it worth his time to support
| such an effort, I am personally a big fan of the ability to compile octave
| with MSVC.

It is fine to compile Octave with non-free compilers, but I will not
accept changes that make Octave harder to maintain simply to support a
non-free compiler.  Instead, we need to work toward changes that can
be included in the main Octave sources rather than having patch sets
to be applied to each Octave release.  The reason I think it is bad to
have patch sets to support MSVC, or a separate build environment that
must be maintained in addition to the normal one is that it is a lot
of extra work and can lead to unnecessary differences in the code.  It
also takes time to update the patch set to work with new releases of
Octave.  It would be much better if it just works.
I'm currently trying to use the regular build system, with the help of cccl. This requires some adaptation in configure.in and some other Makefile's, but I'm trying to make changes as less intrusive as possible. Up to now, by combining MSYS shell and cccl, I'm able to compile the libcruft and liboctave DLL's (still didn't link everything together, but I'm able to run the
configure script and run "make" in both directories).


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