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Re: [Maxima-discuss] Windows [ was Re: GCL Version_2_6_13pre125 ]

From: Camm Maguire
Subject: Re: [Maxima-discuss] Windows [ was Re: GCL Version_2_6_13pre125 ]
Date: Thu, 24 Nov 2022 09:50:31 -0500
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/27.1 (gnu/linux)

Greetings, and thanks for your feedback!

I agree and have confirmed a restore of the mingw 32 build for 2.6.13pre
(branch mingw_restore, trivial mod to be folded in).  I'm struggling
with a bit of greed to extend to 64bit before release, as all that
stands in the way is the failure (in 64bit only) of cygwin fork() (well
documented and advertised as unreliable).  I will spend a few more days
to see if I can find a workaround, and if not release as is.  The 32bit
will of course be supported, but as we note is likely mostly irrelevant.
>From what I can tell, the original mingw 32bit project stopped in 2013,
and this code still works.  Successors seem to have borrowed/overlapped
with cygwin.  I am unsure which environment is dominant and/or most

Thanks again for the virtualbox suggestion.  (How long will unactivated
environments last?)

Take care,

Wolfgang Dautermann <wolfgang@dautermann.at> writes:

> Am 22.11.22 um 16:08 schrieb Camm Maguire:
>> Greetings, and thanks!  Am I correct in assuming that 32bit builds are
>> no longer useful?
> Hi Camm,
> My opinion:
> For Maxima there are currently only 1.2% of the Windows downloads are
> downloading the 32 bit version of the installer, so probably they are
> no longer relevant.
> But maybe it makes sense, to leave (already working) code specific to
> 32bit there, so that one could build a 32 bit version of GCL from
> source.
> I just create them, because I can and it does create nearly no work
> for me (4 shell commands and a Windows installer is ready).
> But since some other projects stopped delivering 32 bit builds, the 32
> bit Maxima-Windows-installer includes older versions of e.g. Gnuplot
> or VTK.
> Best regards, Wolfgang

Camm Maguire                                        camm@maguirefamily.org
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