Dropping 32 bit Cygwin? (was Re: segfault on 32bit)

Corinna Vinschen corinna-cygwin@cygwin.com
Wed Apr 8 08:45:18 GMT 2020

On Apr  8 10:34, Corinna Vinschen wrote:
> Right.  This looks like a fork problem.  It's 32 bit, so we have to
> expect fork errors more often.
> Given how much the distro has grown, and given that the number of 32 bit
> systems is constantly shrinking, we should really start to think about
> dropping 32 bit support.
> Most users these days use 64 bit systems.  Some use 32 bit Cygwin on 64
> bit systems, which doesn't really make sense, except, maybe, to build 32
> bit packages.  These users can easily switch to 64 bit Cygwin.
> The access statistics indicate that real 32 bit systems only make less
> than 2% of installed systems.  It's a lot of hassle to keep 32 bit
> Cygwin running for only a minor installation base.
> I'm not saying that we switch off 32 bit support right now, but maybe
> 2020 should be the last year of 32 bit support.

Oh, btw., time_t on 32 bit Cygwin is only 32 bit wide, so the end is
near: 2038-01-19 03:14:07 UTC.


Corinna Vinschen
Cygwin Maintainer
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