Question about the snavigator compliation under win98

Randall R Schulz
Mon Mar 18 11:50:00 GMT 2002


I think you've got it backward. A Unix-mode mount (a.k.a. "binmode") causes 
the Cygwin "kernel" (cygwin1.dll) _not_ to alter file contents during I/O 
operations, so when a Cygwin program writes a single newline to a file, 
that's what goes into the file. With a text-mode mount, the Cygwin 
emulation layer must perform the translation. Naturally, the reverse occurs 
during reading.

I don't want to impose that translation because of the performance penalty 
of applying a ubiquitous (and non-in-place) transformation on all text I/O 
that happens within Cygwin, which is where I do all my Windows-based 

It seems to me that the onus of providing a compatible version of any given 
piece of software should be on the author or porter, not the user.

Randall Schulz
Mountain View, CA USA

At 11:01 2002-03-18, Wally Kramer wrote:

>As far as we can tell, using "dos mode" instead of "unix mode" only 
>affects the Cygwin as to (respectively) translate CF/LF into LF when 
>accessed by the Cygwin utilities--or not.  That is, dos mode makes the 
>cygwin implied file system mounts "textmode" instead of "binarymode".
>Doing this should not threaten one's purity, wholesomeness or faith.  But 
>it does allow source navigator's "configure" to detect the presence of 
>MSVC++, various header files, library functions, etc.
>Theoretically, one could set default options for grep, flex, etc. to 
>accomplish the same thing, but this is significantly harder than just 
>setting the filesystem to textmode.  Why *wouldn't* you want to do that?
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Randall R Schulz []
>Sent: Monday, 18 March 2002 09:09
>To: Bruce Edson; Wu Fan;
>Subject: RE: Question about the snavigator compliation under win98
>Bruce, Wu,
>Many Cygwin users are going to be unwilling to use "DOS-mode" mounts (I
>know I am).
>Perhaps these grep options would help (from the output of "grep --help"):
>    -U, --binary              do not strip CR characters at EOL (MSDOS)
>    -u, --unix-byte-offsets   report offsets as if CRs were not there (MSDOS)
>Randall Schulz
>Mountain View, CA USA
>At 08:20 2002-03-18, Bruce Edson wrote:
> >Having just run across a similar problem, what we found was that the
> >install of Cygwin needs to have the default text file type set as
> >'DOS'.  If you left it set to 'UNIX', the grep utility works incorrectly
> >when interpreting eol characters in DOS.
> >
> >Bruce
> >
> >-----Original Message-----
> >From: Wu Fan []
> >Sent: Monday, March 18, 2002 1:46 AM
> >To:
> >Subject: Question about the snavigator compliation under win98
> >
> >
> >Dear supporter:
> >
> >I am trying to compile the source navigator under win98 platform, according
> >to the readme file, would you mail me the
> >   rational build instructions.
> >
> >Actually, I have tried many times under win98, it is always cann't found my
> >VC6, I have this kind of environment:
> >
> >c:\cygwin
> >c:\progra~1\micros~3\vc98
> >c:\snvaigator
> >
> >PATH=$PATH:/cygdrive/c/progra~1\micros~3\vc98
> >
> >During it execute the .../snavigator/source/db/configure
> >It will report :
> >"Checking for the Microsoft VC++ ..." no
> >
> >Any comments is highly appreciated!!
> >
> >
> >Regards
> >
> >Wu Fan

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