.exe magic

Larry Hall (Cygwin) reply-to-list-only-lh@cygwin.com
Tue Apr 17 22:26:00 GMT 2007

Here's a naive thought.  See if it makes any sense.  We have lots of
complicated logic to try to transparently handle ".exe" extensions.
We have ".exe" extensions because Windows 9x/Me requires it to execute
binaries.  For the upcoming Cygwin 1.7 release (date TBD), we're dropping
support for Windows 9x/Me.  Does it follow that complex ".exe" logic
could be dropped from 1.7 as a result?

I realize this would be a hard break with the 1.5 Cygwin series since it
would force all Cygwin packages to remove the ".exe" extensions, thereby
excluding 9x/Me users from these package updates - assuming they would
otherwise be compatible - even though the Cygwin package would not be.  But
there has to be something worse about it than just this.  I'm mean, this
has to be a real stupid idea...

Larry Hall                              http://www.rfk.com
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A: Yes.
> Q: Are you sure?
>> A: Because it reverses the logical flow of conversation.
>>> Q: Why is top posting annoying in email?

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