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RE: Using msys2 for mxe-octave

From: JohnD
Subject: RE: Using msys2 for mxe-octave
Date: Thu, 30 Aug 2018 13:07:35 -0400

> -----Original Message-----
> From: JohnD [mailto:address@hidden
> Sent: Monday, August 13, 2018 2:21 PM
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> Subject: Using msys2 for mxe-octave
> Now that Octave 4.4.1 is here, I've been playing around with getting
> octave to work using msys2 rather than the old msys, and have pushed up a
> patch:
> https://savannah.gnu.org/patch/index.php?9675
> It provides a --with-msys2 option to the mxe-octave configure script,
> which will build the installer/tarball with the msys2 system utilities and
> libraries rather than the msys ones.
> In addition it has pacman (the msys2 package manager) installed and allows
> downloading of other msys2 packages easily from within the installed
> application.
> Apart from the msys2 packages that get installed, the octave packages and
> build tools will get installed in <base>/mingw32 or <base>/mingw32, rather
> than the base directory which is where the native application like gcc etc
> would be installed in msys2.
> I haven't pushed it to mxe-octave as yet, waiting on whether it's a good
> thing to have and other comments.

As a nice side effect, we can now do stuff like install python and sympy
through msys2 package manager:

> pacman -Sy
> pacman -S python3-pip
> pip install sympy

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