On 9 Sep 2002 at 16:19, Christian
> Hi I am new in
> I am quite confused
about some things.
> On mingw.org
is something said about the two "things" MinGW and MSYS.
> But there is
only one download für MinGW.
> What is what
and what is the different between this two things?
hope I am not missing something...)
according to the docs at mingw.org, is a "fork" of Cygwin. Primary purpose of Msys is
to allow a Unix-
like interface for use without posixy/Unix overhead so common to Cygwin based applications/packages/etc.
is not a compiler, nor does it include a compiler. The Mingw distribution (latest release v2.0.0)
a compiler (gcc 3.x). Msys needs a compiler if you want to build any applications/packages/etc. The recommended
compiler is the compiler provided with Mingw distribution (gcc 3.x for Mingw 2.0.3). In fact,
I typically will download the
Mingw distribution and then extract it to the Msys directory tree (<hdd:>\msys\1.0\mingw) after
Msys has been
installed. The post installation process looks for an existing Mingw installation. If one
does not exist, I am not sure
what happens as I have always had a pre-existing Mingw installation floating around somewhere.
to versions, I am still not certain that gcc 3.x is stable enough for Msys. Because of that, I
am still using
the Mingw 1.1 distro (+ some little extras I added).
about gcc 2.95.3/3.x running within Msys environment, I believe, are typically posted to this list.
about gcc 3.x running within Mingw environment (no bash/rxvt interface, just cmd/command.com)
should, afaik, be posted/addressed to the the mingw-users list
> I have some detailed
questions, too. But will made same in the right
> group (mingw,
msys) if I knew what is what. ;)