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Re: What's my stupid mistake with mingw?

From: Helge Hess
Subject: Re: What's my stupid mistake with mingw?
Date: Wed, 30 Jan 2002 12:24:53 +0100


since apparently there is no solution (make bug ;-), I vote for a small
addition to common.make which checks the pathes for spaces and exits
make with an error message if it finds some.
BTW: All pathes should be checked, since there is some potential that
users even move GNUSTEP_ROOT to some weird location by "accident" ...

The Windows user then has two options:
a) moving is home (yes, this is possible in Win as well ;-)
b) use --with-user-root to move stuff to a different location (eg

We could also make b) the default for Windows ? (GNUSTEP_USER_ROOT isn't
in HOME, but rather in a subdir of GNUstep ...) Defaults should
autocreate the /Users/$USER dir on access.


Nicola Pero wrote:
> > Not that I doubt you, but I checked for myself to see the degree to which
> > this is the case, and it does appear to be a pervasive and fundamental
> > problem.
> >
> > I guess the best we can do then is to add a check for embedded spaces in
> > the makefiles system.
> I'd like to know what other users of these unix compatibility environments
> on Windows do - other projects porting to windows with these unix
> compatibility envs will likely have a similar problem ... if any path
> containing spaces ends up in one of their makefiles, they're going to have
> the same problem.
> > Perhaps if GNUSTEP_USER_ROOT contains spaces, we could replace it with
> > /home/$USERNAME (which is where cygwin user info seems to go)
> > as long as $USERNAME does not contains any spaces, and with
> > GNUSTEP_LOCAL_ROOT otherwise?
> I think it would be wise to do something radical in this spirit, trying to
> get rid completely of the whitespaces from the very beginning.  Since I've
> never seen Windows XP, I have no idea of the exact terms of the thing.
> But please don't forget that gnustep-make's ./configure allows you to set
> up each of GNUSTEP_*_ROOT to point wherever you want on disk.
> Normally, GNUSTEP_USER_ROOT is set up to ~/GNUstep.  If you want to set it
> up to /home/$USERNAME/GNUstep, you can do it -
> ./configure --with-user-root='/home/$USERNAME/GNUstep'
> (you need the 's to make sure that $USERNAME is not expanded when you
> configure, otherwise all users will use your GNUSTEP_USER_ROOT :-), but
> that it's passed unexpanded to configure, and will be expanded when
> is executed, so each user will get his own different dir
> depending on user name).
> As far as I know, if by choosing the appropriate GNUSTEP_*_ROOT dirs it
> work in this way, perhaps we don't need to modify gnustep-make, but you
> can add the suggestion to use that flag to the installation instructions
> for Windows.
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