On 21/08/12 13:52, Konrad Hambrick wrote:
>> LRN rn1986@... sez:
>> On 21.08.2012 11:08, yu_icq@... wrote:
>>> I use MSYS for doing my daily rsync-based backup to an external
>>> hard drive.
>> You're doing it wrong. MSYS is not an environment to run arbitrary
>> *nix programs on W32. MSYS is an environment to _build_ software, that
>> has *nix-oriented buildsystems, on W32.
Utter nonsense!! See http://mingw.org and read the description of MSYS
on the home page. Sure, building software is one of its capabilities,
but it is offered as a general purpose replacement for cmd.exe, for
those who prefer a Bourne shell environment. If it works for the OP's
usage case, then that's an appropriate usage.
>> You might have better luck with cygwin (though i'm not sure if it has
>> the things you're looking for).
> Jeebus, I hope not !
So do I, but then I know that this statement is inspired by a troll, and
is completely untrue.
> I've been using MSys to run portable UNIX /bin/sh Data Conversion Scripts
> on Win32 for nearly 10 years now ...
As have I, to manage a document processing system to generate fully
cross referenced PDF operating manuals, from plain text sources held in
a Mercurial repository, (formerly a CVS repository), filtering through
'groff -mpdfmark | ghostscript', without having to endure the pain of
fighting with, and the general ineffectiveness of Microsoft Weird. This
could hardly be described as "building software", but it is a real
workplace example for which I have found MSYS to be eminently suited,
given that my employer (myopically) will not allow me to use Linux.