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From Martin Sebor <>
Subject Re: Interix
Date Mon, 12 May 2008 23:53:43 GMT
Eric Lemings wrote:
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Martin Sebor [] 
>> Sent: Tuesday, May 06, 2008 1:03 PM
>> To:
>> Subject: Re: Interix
>> Eric Lemings wrote:
>>> FYI.
>>> I like it (Windows SFU/SUA) better than Cygwin.
>> The page says that
>>    "The most recent releases of Interix, 5.2 and 6.0, are components
>>    of the Windows Server 2003 R2 and Windows Vista distributions..."
>> Does it mean that it's available out of the box on every Win2k and
>> Vista box? It'd be great if we could use the same infrastructure
>> on Windows as we do UNIX, if only for nightly testing.
> Not sure about 2003 but it's a "feature" of Vista that is disabled by
> default.  From what I've seen, it's actually just an install manager
> that downloads the software from Microsoft and installs it.  So it is
> available "out of the box" in that respect.  :)
> In any case, it's a pretty simple download and install procedure.  It
> is supported on XP as well.

We should give it a try, especially since, as you said, it comes
with a UNIX wrapper for MSVC. I wonder if compiling with it will
turn MSVC into a UNIX compiler. If so, we'll need to change
a boatload of #ifdef _MSC_VER conditionals in our code so as not
to necessarily automatically assume Windows.


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