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From: Hans-Bernhard Broeker <broeker AT physik DOT rwth-aachen DOT de>
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Subject: Re: DJGPP + Win...
Date: 29 Apr 2002 13:15:32 GMT
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deckerben <deckerben AT freenet DOT de> wrote:

> Cygwin: very limited for the additional hassle of being limited to a Win32
> environment 

It's not "limited" to Win32 any more than DJGPP is limited to a DOS
environment.  Win32 just *is* its environment.  Among the platforms
perceived by those interested in the "professional
industrial-strength" you mention later, Win32 is a lot less limiting
as an interface to them than DOS is.  DOS support on NT-based
platforms exists, but it can be a royal pain to use.

> and having to tote the cygwin dll's everywhere you want to run your
> app, not to mention having a whole second DJGPP installation.
> Applications compiled with DJGPP/Cygwin DO NOT run under DOS. What
> is the purpose of using DJGPP, then?

You're massively confusing things.  There is no such thing as
"DJGPP/Cygwin".  They're two independent project.  One is a port of
GCC and tools to DOS, the other a port of the same tools wo Win32.

Cygwin is not a "second DJGPP installation" --- it's a second version
of all the major GNU tools.

> RSXNTDJ can compile some Windows things, but it's buggy. I can tell
> right away that it is contributed software that a genereous soul
> wrote in freetime.

What exactly is so bad about writing something in free time and
donating it to the general public?

And what made you blissfully ignore the third, and quite possibly
superior choice in your answer?  That's MinGW, also available as the
'-mno-cygwin' mode of operation of the Cygwin tools, and as the back
end of the Dev-C++ IDE.  If you want to write Windows-style programs,
you should definitely be giving MinGW a try.

> Better of using native M$ Visual C for professional industrial-strength
> Windoze development, sorry.

Well, take care what you ask for --- the devils might decide that you
should get it.

Anyway: nobody in this thread was asking for "professional" or
"industrial-strength", IIRC.

Hans-Bernhard Broeker (broeker AT physik DOT rwth-aachen DOT de)
Even if all the snow were burnt, ashes would remain.

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