Experimental Windows binaries available; please test!

Benjamin Gilbert bgilbert at cs.cmu.edu
Thu Aug 2 22:06:08 EDT 2012

On 08/02/2012 03:36 AM, Hauke Heibel wrote:
> Regarding the completeness of CMake I am not sure if I know what you
> mean but then I am also not really an Autotools specialist.

I just meant that OpenSlide's configure script is doing some things the 
CMake scripts aren't.  For example, on Linux the CMake scripts don't 
build the pkg-config file or man pages, nor do they autodetect glibc 
versions that support setting FD_CLOEXEC in fopen().

> I understand your reasoning for dropping VC support but it will make
> contributions and bug fixes for Windows users much more difficult
> because MSVC is the most widely used and user friendly IDE on Windows
> (the latter is just my personal opinion). We would have never been
> able to make our contributions to OpenSlide with a pure cygwin build
> to due to involved debugging which was required.

Can you help me understand what you mean by this?  It should still be 
possible to use Visual Studio as your editor, and any reasonable IDE 
(not sure if this includes Visual Studio) should let you configure a 
custom build script to build via Cygwin.  If your concern is interactive 
debugging, I can see how this change would cause problems.  gdb does 
work under Cygwin... but I'm probably not the best person to judge 
interactive debuggers, since I consider printf() an adequate debugging 
tool.  :-)

--Benjamin Gilbert

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