[Win32utils-devel] Readline with VC++ 8?

Luis Lavena luislavena at gmail.com
Tue Oct 21 14:49:49 EDT 2008

On Tue, Oct 21, 2008 at 3:37 PM, Berger, Daniel <Daniel.Berger at qwest.com> wrote:
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: win32utils-devel-bounces at rubyforge.org
>> [mailto:win32utils-devel-bounces at rubyforge.org] On Behalf Of
>> Luis Lavena
>> Sent: Tuesday, October 21, 2008 12:27 PM
>> To: Development and ideas for win32utils projects
>> Subject: Re: [Win32utils-devel] Readline with VC++ 8?
>> On Thu, Oct 16, 2008 at 1:00 PM, Berger, Daniel
>> <Daniel.Berger at qwest.com> wrote:
>> > Hi,
>> >
>> > Anyone on the list manage to build readline on Windows with
>> VC++ 8? If
>> > so, would you mind sharing the .so file?
>> >
>> > And then, if you don't mind, could you tell us how you did it?
>> >
>> I did succeed on that field, long time ago. Was really hard
>> make all the Makefile patches and source (mostly makefile
>> patches). I think I have a svn copy based on gnuwin32 project
>> source code.
>> The problem with that is GNU Readline is a real mess, and the
>> way the GNU win32 maintainers packaged everything is even worse.
> I don't know very much about what readline actually _does_ other than
> it's used for command shell apps.

oh, it does a lot of stuff, and sometimes it crashes. The problem is
that gnuwin32 package maintainers added some patches that are not part
officially of GNU Readline, since GNU ppl believe is not "pure"

> Maybe a pure Win32 version is in order?

Yes, please, readline has big problems with win32console or long lines
(100 chars)

OT: what about deprecating Win32API and moving to ruby-ffi?

>> I'll try to find by copy and send those patches to you.
> Excellent, thanks.

Checked on my backup catalog, is at home, will bring it tomorrow to the office.
Luis Lavena
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