leledumbo | 26 Oct 04:01 2009
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Creating a shortcut that executes vim with msys (rxvt) shell


How can I do it? Does msys.bat accept parameters that will be passed to the
shell?
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zwz | 28 Oct 07:39 2009
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What is the difference between the tools in msys and mingw

Hi, all

I use mingw+msys on Windows.
I find there are some tools in both msys and mingw, such as libtool,
autoconf, automake, xz, zlib etc..

This really confuses me. I do not know why there will be two versions.
What is the difference? Which one should I use?

I guess this also bothers some new users, so I bring up the problem
here.

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Charles Wilson | 28 Oct 14:29 2009
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Re: What is the difference between the tools in msys and mingw

zwz wrote:
> I use mingw+msys on Windows.
> I find there are some tools in both msys and mingw, such as libtool,
> autoconf, automake, xz, zlib etc..
> 
> This really confuses me. I do not know why there will be two versions.
> What is the difference? Which one should I use?

The packages that are available in both "mingw" and "msys" flavors can
be divided into three groups:

1) autoconf, automake, libtool, gettext, libiconv:
These are "autotools".  The "mingw" versions are the tools suitable for
use when you want to build or maintain mingw (that is, native win32)
applications and libraries.  In other words, the mingw versions are the
ones most people want.  The "msys" versions are used to build and
maintain msys tools.  Most people have no need for the "msys" versions
-- except for the runtime library
libltdl-2.2.7a-1-msys-1.0.11-dll-7.tar.lzma, which is needed by some of
the other msys applications.

2) gzip, bzip2, xz, (and eventually, libarchive/bsdtar)
These are archiving and compression tools. Either version may be used.
Historically, we have provided the msys versions.  The mingw versions
are a new addition -- that eventually will allow us to ship a "mingw"
version of bsdtar that supports (gz/bzip2/lzma/xz) compression. With
this new tool -- not yet available -- you will be able to "unpack"
packages distributed by mingw.org on a "virgin" system -- one that does
not already contain an existing msys installation.  (The msys versions
of gzip/bzip2/xz/libarchive/bsdtar/GNUtar all require the msys dll
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zwz | 29 Oct 06:07 2009
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Re: What is the difference between the tools in msys and mingw

Thanks. It helps a lot.

In fact, I installed both msys and mingw, so that I could do most of the
things just like I was on linux. The main goal is to compile c/c++
programs. 

>From your description, I guess the tools in mingw are preferred. Am I
right?

Charles Wilson
<cwilso11@...> writes:

> zwz wrote:
>> I use mingw+msys on Windows.
>> I find there are some tools in both msys and mingw, such as libtool,
>> autoconf, automake, xz, zlib etc..
>> 
>> This really confuses me. I do not know why there will be two versions.
>> What is the difference? Which one should I use?
>
> The packages that are available in both "mingw" and "msys" flavors can
> be divided into three groups:
>
> 1) autoconf, automake, libtool, gettext, libiconv:
> These are "autotools".  The "mingw" versions are the tools suitable for
> use when you want to build or maintain mingw (that is, native win32)
> applications and libraries.  In other words, the mingw versions are the
> ones most people want.  The "msys" versions are used to build and
> maintain msys tools.  Most people have no need for the "msys" versions
> -- except for the runtime library
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