Subject: Re: pkg/24731 (bootstrap-pkgsrc on cygwin (patch))
To: None <,,>
From: Krister Walfridsson <>
List: pkgsrc-bugs
Date: 01/14/2007 14:10:05
The following reply was made to PR pkg/24731; it has been noted by GNATS.

From: Krister Walfridsson <>
Subject: Re: pkg/24731 (bootstrap-pkgsrc on cygwin (patch))
Date: Sun, 14 Jan 2007 15:08:00 +0100 (CET)

 On Fri, 22 Dec 2006 wrote:
 > How likely is it that Cygwin will work better than Interix?
 I think it is likely to work much better...  It is after all built out of 
 many of the same components as a Linux system, so even much of the 
 software that think that "all the world is Linux" works without 
 > Do we want to have support for both?
 I personally do not care about Interix, but Cygwin support would have 
 helped me many times (I have never seen a Windows machine with Interix 
 installed, but there is seldom I use a Windows machine without Cgygwin...) 
 But I see no problem having both in pkgsrc.
 > I don't want to support Cygwin as it is using the Win32 subsystems which
 > adds a number of nasty side-effects, e.g. breaking of Unix filesystems with
 > regard to consecutive dots in filenames etc.
 I do not understand your comment.  What problems are there with 
 "consecutive dots in filenames etc."?  AFAIK, the only real problem is 
 that the filesystem is case-insensitive... (but doesn't that problem exist 
 for Interix too?)