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Windows and Cygwin/MinGW/coLinux - dump some GPL in your WIN32

Monday, 23 October 2006 15:13


Cygwin is a unix/linux envirnoment for the windows platform. Basically, you can install and manage code that is cross platform compiled using your autoconf, perl, python, X11, etc.

I am still learning how to properly use cygwin to build projects. I would like to start using cygwin for all my building needs.

My hope is that I can use the nmake and msbuild tools to maintain binary comp. between the cygwin and VS2005 ide builds.

Cygwin has always been a black magic of the unix zeolot. It isn't that hard to learn, but I really need to make some sort of standard install package that setups my enviroment and allows for building to happen quickly from a bare install.

Windows and Cygwin tweaks
The except from How to build the code for Thinking in Patterns with Java by Bruce Eckel has a walk through on how to setup some things in Cygwin.

Cygwin is great, once you've got it all setup and things are working great. It can be a lot of work to get it all going. I found this env. fetcher, which pulls all the packages needed to build pidgin. I'd like to see more of this sort of thing for other projects.
SimGuy's Pidgin Stuff - Windows Pidgin Build Environment Fetcher
Win32CompileCygwin - VideoLAN Wiki - building VideoLAN in cygwin.
puttycyg - Use PuTTY as a local Cygwin terminal.
Sofeng's Blog: Cygwin, X, ratposoin, screen, rxvt setup

Make and configure sometimes do very strange things when presented a DOS formatted file. Make will not build properly and configure will give this wonderfully cryptic message:
./configure: line 9: $'\r': command not found
To fix it, just run dos2unix * and ensure that proper formatting is enforced.

Cygwin X11

Cygwin includes an x windows server called xorg-server. Remember to use xhost to allow remote hosts access to the x server. To allow a single remote host, do "xhost +your.ip.add.res". Or allow all remote hosts by performing an "xhost +".


MinGW Starter Guide
MinGW - Home
Installing MinGW, compiling Perl and vim
A Moron's Guide to Creating and Using Your Own Cygwin or Mingw DLL's when Compiling Cygwin or Mingw Programs
MinGW - nuwen.net
MinGW: pexports for Windows DLLs | For Bharat
Compiling mspdebug for Windows using MinGW | For Bharat
Thoughts on C++: Building Qt5 with MinGW lots of other mingw info on Thoughts on C++

msysgit, very cool Google code project. If you use: GitMe it will automagically build a developer environment for git with MinGW!


coLinux lets you run Linux natively within windows. This is full blown linux on the windows machine...not a compatible/striped down environment like cygwin/mingw.
Virtualization with coLinux
Portable Ubuntu for Windows - uses coLinux internally, but looks to be very easy to setup....

Wine - run windows apps in linux

WineHQ - Run Windows applications on Linux, BSD, Solaris and Mac OS X - Wine enables Linux, Mac, FreeBSD, and Solaris users to run Windows applications without a copy of Microsoft Windows.
Downloads | Wine-Doors - Wine-doors is an application designed to make installing windows software on Linux, Solaris or other Unix systems easier. Wine-doors is essentially a package management tool for windows software on Linux systems.
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