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building 64 bit packages

Hi guys,

right now it's only possible to build a 64 bit package using the native
toolchain.  Yaakov is working on a 32 bit cross toolchain, but this
may take another couple of days.

Anyway, the latest 64 bit Cygwin DLL seems to be stable enough to call
it post-alpha or pre-beta or something like that.  So I'd like to invite
all of you maintainers to participate in building 64 bit packages,
foremost those packages other packages rely upon, like libraries.
If you have a 64 bit machine, please try the test release and see if
you can build your packages.  For the time being, just download, install the test distro
(what's already existing of it) and do your worst ;)  Please send
packages URLs to this list, as usual, just with a "64 bit" marker.

As a sidenote, I would like to urge all of you which didn't already, to
move your packaging mechanism to cygport based building.  Especially
using the latest incarnation of cygport, it's dead easy, even kind of
fun, to create cygport description files and, subsequently, packages.
Since cygport also runs on Linux, you could even cross build Cygwin
packages without owning a Windows machine :)  The cygwin package is
built that way, for instance.

Obviously I can't force you to switch to cygport.  But using cygport for
all packages has a big advantage:  It's a unified and extremly well
working way to create 32 and 64 bit packages.
We're still mulling over setting up a build machine.  If we have that,
and if you create your packages via cygport, we could very easily
automate packaging to a point equivalent to a Fedora build:  You would
only send the rpm... erm, cygport file and the distro package files
would be automatically created for you.  Rather than having to build and
provide your own packages, you would just have to provide the
instructions how to build these packages.  

Anyway, just asking.  If you want to switch and need help, just ask
here.  Those already using cygport will help.


Corinna Vinschen                  Please, send mails regarding Cygwin to
Cygwin Maintainer                 cygwin AT cygwin DOT com
Red Hat

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