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Re: [feature/internal-msys] thoughts of a more function windows package

From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: Re: [feature/internal-msys] thoughts of a more function windows package
Date: Fri, 22 Jan 2021 19:03:19 +0200

> From: Phillip Lord <phillip.lord@russet.org.uk>
> Cc: emacs-devel@gnu.org
> Date: Fri, 22 Jan 2021 16:14:33 +0000
> >> > Next, by "msys" you mean all those non-native programs that depend on
> >> > msys-1.0.dll?  That's again meant for MinGW developers, not "normal"
> >> > users.
> >> 
> >> Yes. Because it's got all the packages and tools and as far as I can
> >> see, they work with Emacs.
> >
> > They mostly work, until they don't.  Like with Cygwin, there are
> > subtle incompatibilities, mainly in file names and in communications
> > with subprocesses and response to "signals".  Encoding defaults are
> > also different.
> That's true for the msys2 commands but not the mingw64 ones?

Yes.  That's why I asked about msys-1.0.dll: the programs that depend
on that aren't mingw64 (native) programs.

> > The only way I know of is to distribute a program that writes into the
> > Registry.  Don't forget that there are system-wide variables and
> > variables specific to the current user.  And some systems have the
> > former locked down and the latter requires a UAC elevation.  Good luck
> > (you will need it) with successfully negotiating all these obstacles.
> Would it be easier to have Emacs allow me to successfully update PATH
> during run?

Update how?

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