Running a cygwin application on Windows

Fernando Gont
Sat Aug 16 12:59:00 GMT 2014

Hi, Corinna,

Thanks so much for your prompt response! Comments in-line...

On 08/16/2014 06:47 AM, Corinna Vinschen wrote:
> On Aug 14 21:52, Fernando Gont wrote:
>> Folks,
>> I'm the main developer of an open source project 
>> <>, and was meaning
>> to port our project to Windows.
>> My idea was to use cygwin, since I'm not much of a Windows
>> programmer. Is there any way to produce and ship an exe with the
>> relevant libraries?
> What about just creating a Cygwin package and including and
> maintaining it as part of the Cygwin distro?

I have just started reading to corresponding documentation to produce
a Cygwin package of my toolkit (be prepared for possible rather
clueless questions, since this would be my first Cygwin package).

That said, I'd also like to produce some sort of standalone binary for
folks that may just want to quickly run the toolkit from the Windows
command line...

> This way, you can simply point users to the Cygwin distro, never
> have to care for keeping third-party libs up-to-date, never have to
> provide sources for third party libs on your site, never have to
> look into library collisions on user systems, and in general, just
> have to point users to the Cygwin distro to fetch your package.
> As an additional benefit, you get a lot more help porting your
> package on the cygwin and cygwin-apps mailing lists.  In some cases
> we're also going as far as patching Cygwin itself for the benefit
> of a package :)

I'll do both. For instance, I've tried to provide packages (or have
them produced one way or another) for as many platforms as possible.
("Turnabout is fair play" some friend once said...)


Best regards,
Fernando Gont
SI6 Networks
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