[Geany-Devel] Msys2 to compile on win32

Dimitar Zhekov dimitar.zhekov at xxxxx
Sat Jun 6 11:07:52 UTC 2015

On 05.6.2015 г. 19:52, Enrico Tröger wrote:
> On 29/05/15 11:00, Thomas Martitz wrote:
>> Msys2 is a successor to msys which offers a unix-like environment on
>> Windows combined with a pacman-based package manager. [...]

My standard test:

[D:]grep 00A0 uni\*.uni
grep: uni*.uni: No such file or directory

[D:]grep 00A0 uni\\*.uni
grep: uni\*.uni: No such file or directory


[D:]grep 00A0 uni/*.uni

It's actually an *improvement* over MSYS, which required UNI/*.UNI (i.e. 
a short name if the short and long names are identical).

I don't know about pacman, but the 20MB maintenancetool.exe does not 
look like something that can be used to manage the MSYS2 components. Out 
of the box, only "Remove all components" works; the "Default 
repositories" are empty and read-only, and I can't even see a list of 
the installed MSYS2 components. Not very impressive, compared against 
mingw-get, which is < 200KB (.exe + guimain.exe).

> Hopefully, this enables us to eventually remove the Waf build system in
> the longterm.

I'm using waf under Linux as well, since it keeps the source tree clean, 
and allows compiling only selected plugins without a super-long list of 

Also note that MSYS2 by itself does not include any development stack. 
Not even a make, like MSYS.

E-gards: Jimmy

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