[Buildroot] About cygwin

Nataraj S Narayan natarajsn at gmail.com
Mon Aug 23 06:17:25 UTC 2010


Hi

How about trying out BR on FreeBSD? I do lots of my cross compilation to
arm-linux on Freebsd. I find it gives least of suprises.

 Whereas on a debian  Lenny, for Example , as I mentioned in a previous
mail, I need to do a 'dpkg-reconfigure  recode'  almost always before I
"make" on BR, to prevent the libiconv errors from appearing. But I do have
another Lenny setup with BR which shows none of these issues.

regards

Nataraj



On Mon, Aug 23, 2010 at 10:48 AM, Peter Korsgaard <jacmet at uclibc.org> wrote:

> >>>>> "Thomas" == Thomas Petazzoni <thomas.petazzoni at free-electrons.com>
> writes:
>
> Hi,
>
>  Thomas> You're correct: we don't support Cygwin. I'm not personally
> interested
>  Thomas> by adding Cygwin support to Buildroot, and I think that trying to
> do
>  Thomas> embedded Linux development inside Cygwin doesn't make sense, you'd
>  Thomas> better use Linux on your development workstation.
>
>  Thomas> Now, if someone steps in and wants to improve Buildroot to support
>  Thomas> Cygwin, why not, but we'll have to see how invasive the changes
> are. I
>  Thomas> don't think we want to merge invasive Cygwin-specific changes if
> no-one
>  Thomas> is going to maintain them on the long term. As none of the current
> main
>  Thomas> Buildroot contributors use Windows and Cygwin, Cygwin support is
>  Thomas> probably going to be broken quite often by mistake due to
> improvements
>  Thomas> we make to Buildroot.
>
>  Thomas> Of course, that's my own personal point of view, not the one of
> the
>  Thomas> Buildroot project as a whole.
>
> FYI, I agree totally with the above. There's a few other reasons why
> using Linux instead of Cygwin is a good idea:
>
> - Windows (and in term Cygwin) has a few hardcoded magic file names
>  (comN.*, con.*, prn.*, ..), which breaks horrible when packages have
>  source files like con.c
>
> - Cygwin is SLOW. It's >5 years since I last used it, but back then it
>  was around 40x slower than Linux for configure/make/make install style
>  stuff.
>
> - A lot of the issues people have when they start working on embedded
>  Linux systems are Linux questions rather than anything specific to
>  embedded. The best way to learn Linux is IMHO just using it as much as
>  possible.
>
> --
> Bye, Peter Korsgaard
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