[m-dev.] Mingw & packaging

Fergus Henderson fjh at cs.mu.OZ.AU
Mon Nov 11 11:17:39 AEDT 2002

On 10-Nov-2002, Peter Ross <pro at missioncriticalit.com> wrote:
> fjh wrote:
> > However, using the resulting compiler is not so easy, since the compiler
> > uses Windows path names, but the scripts which invoke it assume Unix
> > path names.
> >
> > One way to solve it is to use the mercury_compile.exe file from
> > a compiler built with Cygwin, but use the libraries built with Mingw.
> >
> > Pete, how do you deal with this issue when compiling with MSVC?
> I share my cygwin usr directory as usr.
> I can then refer to it in windows using \\machine\usr.  However you can also
> alternatively use //machine/usr which works under both cygwin and MSVC.
> So to configure I pass `--prefix //machine/usr/local/mercury-latest', note
> however that during the install process you must use
> `mmake install INSTALL_PREFIX=/usr/local/mercury-latest' to avoid problems
> with `mkdir -p' and these style path names (it doesn't work).

I see.

It would be nice to document this in README.MS-VisualC.

> This is all documented in README.MS-VisualC.

Of what you wrote above, only the last three lines of the last paragraph
is documented in README.MS-VisualC.

The "I share my cygwin usr directory as usr" bit is not documented in
README.MS-VisualC.  The section "installing on network drives" sounds
entirely optional.  It is not made clear that this step is necessary
even if you are installing on a local drive.

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