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Subject: Re: [boost] cygwin API: posix or windows
From: Jim Bell (Jim_at_[hidden])
Date: 2011-01-07 12:30:53

On 1:59 PM, Beman Dawes wrote:
> On Thu, Jan 6, 2011 at 4:32 PM, vicente.botet <vicente.botet_at_[hidden]> wrote:
>> Hi,
>> [...]
>> In my humble opinion cygwin is a wrapper of posix intefaces under windows OS.
> [...]
>> What's the experience of others?
> Boost.Filesystem V2 implementation code provided an option on Windows
> of compiling under GCC using the POSIX API. It was difficult to test,
> rarely worked well, was a source of confusion, and wasted too much of
> my time. So Filesystem V3 and Boost.System dropped any pretense of
> compiling with the POSIX API on Windows. There have been no complaints
> so far.

FWIW, I vaguely recall some time ago trying to get a straight-CygWin
regression test going. (Or was it just building boost?) It didn't go
well and I bagged it: paths were coming out in both CygWin (correctly:
/cygdrive/c/...) and Windows native ('C:\...'), and I couldn't quite
track it down to a single point of failure.

As another aside, CygWin's license is much less desirable than MinGW's:

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