Christopher Faylor wrote:
> On Tue, Oct 23, 2001 at 12:55:51PM -0400, Earnie Boyd wrote:
> >I've uploaded my long awaited for fork of Cygwin we all know by the
> >name MSYS. There are currently two files named
> >msys-tools-1.0.1-1.tar.gz and msys-sdk-1.0.1-1.tar.gz which you can
> >find under package MSYS release 1.0. This is a hidden package
> >currently so you'll need to access it from the project admin page to
> >download it. It is based on the Cygwin 1.3.3 release so the code base
> >is current release Cygwin version.
> I saw the hints of this but can you provide me with your reason for a
> fork? I hate the idea of a fork. It usually means that there has been
> some kind of falling out between developers over questions of
> personality or design.
> AFAIK, this is not the case here so I am, I think, understandably
Correct, this is not the case here.
> Since this is in the mingw mailing list, maybe I should assume that this
> is some kind of minimal cygwin implementation.
Minimal, uhm, I don't know about minimal, perhaps reimplementation
> If someone is interested
> in providing ifdefs for cygwin which would allow this from the cygwin
> sources, I'd happily consider that. I really don't like the idea of
> a fork.
I considered that but the changes I've made thus far are severe enough
that I didn't want to proceed with that path. At least not yet. The
"not yet" is the reason that I used preprocess guards for the coding
instead of just deleting unwanted code.
> Sorry to respond from a cygwin point of view rather than a mingw one.
No apologies necessary, I expected your response.
I've removed the dependency of the Win32 Registry for the mount table,
this is currently the biggest change. I always use emulated /etc/passwd
logic. I've turned off ntsec and ntea. I always open handles and
descriptors in binary mode. I've added a /etc/fstab read for user
The plan is to have a posix shell and tools that work well for Win32
interpretability. An emphasis toward client only processing. There
have been requests for this before and I just decided to see what I
You can review the changes at
I like Cygwin and am amazed at what's been accomplished. I plan to stay
a contributor of Cygwin.
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