[aprssig] Xastir install issues

Rich Garcia k4gps at bellsouth.net
Tue Nov 29 15:03:59 CST 2005

After reading some of the recent posts and having been away from Xastir for
several years (also not having a Linux box other than my server and slug) I
gave it a shot. I had heard it was a real PIA to do Cygwin and Xastir on a
Windoze box so I had never bothered, had some free time last night and
followed the win32 readme and I would say after 40 minutes Xastir was up and
running, most of that time was spent in the initial Cygwin install and the
Xastir make progress.

Yes I had installed Xastir before under Linux so I was somewhat familiar
with the process but I am IN NO WAY a LINUX aficionado. FIFO is my problem
and I have a lot on my mind so even basic Linux commands took some thought,
they were in the brain but stored far far away.

I guess all cases are different but if it's not a hardware issue it can be
done. I am no Linux genius, I just read the readme in one window while doing
the process in another so if I can do it I would say most anyone else that
can read can do it also. The only hang up I had was during the initial
Cygwin download, the download failed at 80%. I gave it another try and it
worked without a hitch, it could have been a timeout issue or such.


-----Original Message-----
From: aprssig-bounces at lists.tapr.org
[mailto:aprssig-bounces at lists.tapr.org]On Behalf Of Drew Baxter
Sent: Tuesday, November 29, 2005 10:16 AM
To: TAPR APRS Mailing List; Dave Baxter
Subject: RE: [aprssig] Xastir install issues

Cygwin isn't an emulator.  It's a common
development ground for Linux source code use and
development on Windows.  It could also be
considered a runtime if installed solely to allow
other programming to operate.  I have seen
programs install parts of Cygwin as dependents,
though which programs escape me at the
moment.  Visual Basic isn't an emulator either,
even though it has common required runtimes as well.

If it were an emulator, you'd not have to build
things specifically for Cygwin, you could use
binary kits from various Unix variants or Linux.

 From the Cygwin website:
 >Cygwin is not a way to run native linux apps on
Windows. You have to rebuild your application
from source if you want to get it running on Windows.
 >Cygwin is not a way to magically make native
Windows apps aware of UNIX ® functionality, like
signals, ptys, etc. Again, you need to build your
 >apps from source if you want to take advantage of Cygwin functionality.

--Droo, K1XVM

At 10:04 AM 11/29/2005, Dave Baxter wrote:
>In that case, it DOES NOT RUN ON WINDOWS!  (Sorry to shout)   It runs on
>a unix/linux emulator, that if you actualy read my posts, I cant (for
>whatever reason) install either, as the installer fails part way

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