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Date: Mon, 03 Sep 2001 10:50:20 -0400
From: Charles Wilson <cwilson AT ece DOT gatech DOT edu>
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To: Ralf Habacker <Ralf DOT Habacker AT freenet DOT de>
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Subject: Re: cygipc packaging was Updated setup.ini with descriptions, categories, and dependencies
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Ralf Habacker wrote:


>>You also need some "system calls".  In linux, these are handled by the
>>kernel.  In cygipc, these are split between ipc-daemon (which implements
>>some stuff itself, or calls on the Win32 low-level IPC stuff), and the
>>client library libcygipc.a.
> You write about Win32 low-level IPC: Could this not be used for creating an ipc
> deamon ?

Right -- and they are used in ipc-daemon and libcygipc.  However, as 
usual, Microsoft did not follow the POSIX standard interface for IPC 
stuff.  They windows-ized everything.  We have to write wrappers around 
the low-level Win32 calls so that they look POSIX.  (Worse, it's not 
really a one-to-one mapping.  There's other weirdness).


>>aside; yeah, I've been desperately trying to contact Paul but he's not
>>returning my email.  There's a BIG bug in binutils that I can't fix, in
>>ADDITION to the memory leak that's causing you <ralf> so much trouble.
> He don't answer any mail I have send too although he ask me to help him to get
> this feature running two month ago.

Paul "reappeared" in early August, but he's dropped out of sight again. 
  He wrote on the mingw-dvpr mailing list on August, 4 2001:

"I would like to greet you after more or less sizable break. since the 
beginning of summer, I stayed in the other city, studying and being on 
vacation. I've got a short recess for reading backlog of email before 
leaving for another academic course.  I'm going to pursue that kind of 
activity - academic and job - also for the near future."

I think we need to consider Paul MIA.  Somebody's going to have to 
REALLY dig in to the autoimport code and lick this bug -- it ain't gonna 
be Paul.


>> So, IF (and it's a big if) we decide to
>>incorporate cygipc as a official-but-separate package(*), I will help
>>someone else get started, and then *that* person may contribute it.
>>(*) e.g. a cygipc package, distributed on the cygwin mirror system,
>>installable by setup.exe -- but not part of cygwin1.dll itself.
> So when nobody is found, the package stay as it is, and this means that it would
> not be integrated into cygwin. Is that right ?



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