[petsc-dev] WSL upgrade

Jed Brown jed at jedbrown.org
Thu Apr 13 14:54:18 CDT 2017

Satish Balay <balay at mcs.anl.gov> writes:

> On Thu, 13 Apr 2017, Jed Brown wrote:
>> Satish Balay <balay at mcs.anl.gov> writes:
>> > I'm on the new one. (version 1703, buid: 15063.138)
>> >> 
>> >>   Windows <-> Linux Interop
>> >> 
>> >> https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/commandline/2017/04/11/windows-10-creators-update-whats-new-in-bashwsl-windows-console/
>> >> 
>> >
>> > Notice the path (/mnt/c/temp) - its Windows FS - not WSL FS. That
>> > works fine [as I mentioned earlier with my example usage]
>> Oh, well if all the Linux tools work for Windows paths then you could
>> just build on a Windows path?  That would seem natural if you're trying
>> to create a Windows-native build.
> Sure - and all build tools have to do that [i.e override /tmp usage by
> configure with TMPDIR etc..]
> I'm just counteracting the notation [which I think is implicit in such discussions]
> - WSL is here - so its time to dump cygwin [ => cygwin is bad; WSL is good]
> - cygwin is hard - but WSL is easy
> etc..
> We should view is as another additional system that we plan to support
> [with its own quirks] - and requires similar amount of work.. [Chris
> spent considerable amount of time coming up with win32fe]

I don't use Windows for anything, but I always hear Windows users being
reluctant to use Cygwin, even if only to build software.  My perception
is that they would be more amenable to using WSL to build.  If that's
not true, there's no need to pay attention to WSL updates.
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