Denis Excoffier | 10 Apr 19:36 2014



Is calimero dead (see latest `cat /proc/version`)?

Denis Excoffier.

Christopher Faylor | 14 Feb 21:45 2014

What I've always suspected


Design mixed 32 and 64 bit systems.

Technically, the following is off topic for this list.  But because
it is about what appears to me as a done deal - something that is too
late to change - I thought it might be off-topic for the main list.
We can move it there if you feel that appropriate.

As I understand it, 32 bit and 64 bit have to be in different directory
trees, e.g., C:\cygwin and C:\cygwin64.  As I understand it, that
is because they both look for /bin/cygwin1.dll and avoid getting the
wrong one by having different root directories.

My question is why 64 bit wasn't named cygwin2.dll?  32 bit would
be version 1.7.25 and the corresponding 64 bit version would be
2.7.25.  Could that have allowed a single, mixed, transitional,
64-except-32-when-no-64 installation?

Remember that I'm not a programmer and everything that I think that
I've learned about this topic I've picked up by read the cygwin
and cygwin-apps mailing lists.  So this is for my education and no
response is necessary.

Tomorrow, Cygwin and the community that supports it will be on my
list of things that I'm thankful for.


- Barry
  Disclaimer: Statements made herein are not made on behalf of NIAID.

SxeerrocaReghoan | 28 Sep 11:00 2013

She was acquitted of two perjury charges.

Choctaw, Cherokee and Irish descent. Plans for a railroad linking San Francisco and San Jose began as early
as 1851.

GEORGE BARRICK | 23 Aug 19:21 2013

Q: about insectod4.gif

Q: about insectod4.gif

                                              2013.08.23.17:22:16 UT

Hello cygwin folks,

         I teach at a small branch campus of a university.
I administer my own win7 workstation, and greatly
value cygwin because it gives me access to linux-like
FOSS software.

         Over the past few weeks, I have noticed insectod4.gif
scampering around the cygwin main page when I visit to
download the updated installation program.  Personally,
I think insectod4 is kind of quirky and cute, but it makes
other persons nervous.  I agree, these folks are typically
far less experienced with installing/uninstalling software.
They are often people who cannot even use a browser
when presented with a linux box.  However, they _are_
people from whom I need political support when I advocate
for FOSS software at my institution.

           For my own part, I think that I can probably block
insectod4 on my browser, but this is clearly both a political
and an "image" issue.  Not even "stupid" people should be
led by any means to believe that cygwin might harbor
software that is either buggy or infectious.  All that I am
saying is that it would probably be best for insectod4 _not_
to appear on the cygwin main page.

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zgintasz | 31 Dec 16:48 2012

command not found when running from batch


I'm trying to make building process easier. When I launch cygwin and run script, everything is fine, but I want to launch this script from
batch file. I do this:

 <at> echo off
F:/cygwin/bin/bash --login -c "cd F:/Projektai/osdev && sh"

When I launch it, I get errors *i586-elf-gcc: command not found* and
*i586-elf-ld: command not found*. I can't find the solution, how can I fix


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Christopher Faylor | 24 Dec 16:56 2012

Interesting discussion on RMS, FSF, GPL


Christopher Faylor | 18 Dec 19:15 2012

Completely off-topic

[Well, maybe only 99.999% off-topic since I'm talking about something
that I read and I'm a cygwin developer]

One of my favorite comic strips is going web-only next month
and the author is looking for funding:

I am going for the gold plan so I have some artwork to hang in my

How cool would it be to raise enough money to have a Cygwin Hippo
included in the comic?

[Hey.  Now this is only 99.998% off-topic]


Christopher Faylor | 2 Nov 17:06 2012

The losing battle of TOFU

This isn't really Cygwin-related but I wonder if the battle against TOFU
is well and truly lost.  Very few people that I know use it.  It's not
even on anyone's radar as something that should be done.  Many email
readers default to it.

At NetApp, it's basically the wild west when it comes to quoting style.
Some people use the tried-and-true, "just forward it back along with
email headers".  Some people invent their own style, like bracketing
replies with their name.  No one puts the quotes first and their replies
after and hardly anyone (besides me) ever trims anything.

Just needed to vent.  Not using TOFU makes a lot of sense but I think
the battle is over.


Mark Geisert | 28 Sep 05:09 2012

RE: include SHA1/MD5 hash/digest of setup.exe, and HTTPS

> This deserves to be enshrined somewhere as the canonical
> (and admirably restrained) answer to "Why doesn't Open Source
> package X [do|include|implement] Y".

Someone has to do it.












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RE: Cygwin corrupted taskkill in windows commandline

Voris, Ben sent the following at Monday, September 24, 2012 12:18 PM
>As I read it,

>).aspx says that use of sysnative is optional for WOW64 applications.
>However, reports a problem with
>directly using system32 on 64-bit version of Server 2003 and Windows XP.
>Perhaps the version of Microsoft Windows is the issue?

Let me get this straight.  Microsoft puts 64 bit apps in system32 and 32
bit apps in syswow64?  32- in '64 and 64- in '32!?!?!

How counterintuitive!

What were they thinking?

(I'm tempted to add a few more exclamations, but I'm using a government account.)

- Barry
  Disclaimer: Statements made herein are not made on behalf of NIAID.