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Native Windows Ports of Unix utilities

Background

The GnuWin32 project provides Win32-versions of GNU tools, or tools with a similar open source licence. The ports are native ports, that is they rely only on libraries provided with any standard 32-bits MS-Windows operating system, such as MS-Windows 95 / 98 / ME / NT / 2000 / XP. Native ports do not rely on some kind of Unix emulation, such as CygWin or Msys, so that there is no need to install additional emulation libraries. At present, all developments have been done under MS-Windows 98 and XP, using the Mingw port of the GNU C and C++ (GCC) compilers.

i.e. You don't need Cygwin if you have this.

Installing

There's an download and maintenance utility for GnuWin32 at http://getgnuwin32.sourceforge.net/. This application will help you building a working tree whose location you can add to the PATH variable in Windows. Perhaps the most interesting feature is the possibility of selecting which packages you want to install - only a small subset of the whole collection is required for TWiki operation:

Important Note: the RCS port in GnuWin32 is buggy and not being supported. As an alternative, use RCSLite in configure. There's an official RCS build for Win32 at http://www.cs.purdue.edu/homes/trinkle/RCS/, though you'll have to do some changes in configure to get it working.

-- MartinCleaver - 22 Jul 2005

RCS is available in the GnuWin32 distribution. Unfortunately, the RCS port is buggy and unsupported (see SF User List). The RCS homepage has links to a native win32 port, which works in the command line but appear to fail when used by TWiki. It might have something to do with incorrect command line parameters.

Also, Ive had problems with the grep utilities - I can't do some searches. I'm investigating on it right now.

-- RenatoSerodio - 11 Apr 2006

Can you link to the help forum article you posted?

-- MartinCleaver - 28 Mar 2006

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