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Re: Helping with the port?

On Sat, Jan 26, 2002 at 06:59:19PM +1100, Robert Collins wrote:
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "John Ineson" <john@xxxxxx.xxx>
> To: "Robert Collins" <robert.collins@itdomain.com.au>
> Cc: "Junichi Uekawa" <dancer@netfort.gr.jp>;
> <debian-win32@lists.debian.org>
> Sent: Friday, January 25, 2002 4:01 AM
> Subject: Re: Helping with the port?
> > It can, however can a Cygwin shell access filenames using the POSIX
> > namespace? I certainly can't create files containing ':' using bash.
> > I wouldn't want a system containing files that I couldn't access from a
> > shell -- would you?
> Yes, but that's because Cygwin doesn't use POSIX_SEMANTICS all the time,
> it can be modified to do that and thus all cygwin linked tools will get
> access to ":" - unless they've explicit code disabling that.

That makes sense. I take it the port will be sticking with that
approach? Personally, I think I might favour using POSIX_SEMANTCS -- I
guess you can still get to other drives using /cygdrive (or whatever you
set the mapping to be).

> > Is there a compelling reason why these legacy systems should be a
> target
> > for the port? To my mind win9x is a dying platform with many technical
> > limitations; likewise FAT. Supporting them would be nice, but I'd
> class
> > that as an additional goal once the system is up and running well on
> NT
> > with NTFS. Perhaps that's just me?
> I cannot say if there is or isn't a compelling reason. Cygwin currently
> jumps through hoops to provide the level of support for win9x it does,
> and as an open source application, whilst contributors test and submit
> bug reports, I'm sure that the code will remain.


> If debian-win32
> leverages cygwin, I think it would be premature to limit the platforms,
> until forced to.

Sure, I just feel it would be a shame to limit functionality because
something wouldn't work on FAT or Win9x. (Of course I would see it that
way, since I use NT and NTFS...)

> How many ':''s are used in base-config?

The real acid test -- zero on my boxen, one of which has 615 packages
installed. One to worry about later, then   =)

John Ineson
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