[gambit-list] Building and using Gambit on windows

Marc Feeley feeley at iro.umontreal.ca
Tue Oct 11 10:50:02 EDT 2016


I think it is preferable for the path conversion to happen outside of Gambit (what if you actually mean the path \c\… on your default drive, in other words C:\c is actually a directory?).  There’s a question on stackoverflow on how to do this… http://stackoverflow.com/questions/12015348/msys-path-conversion-or-cygpath-for-msys

Marc

> On Oct 11, 2016, at 10:21 AM, Bob Coleman <bobcolem at yahoo.com> wrote:
> 
> I've ran into the same issue on windows using msys2 and made the same mistake.  The path passed to configure must be a classic windows path with the drive letter and colon like "C:".  The path separators can be forward or back slashes though.  You can also run into problems in your code when opening files using an absolute path obtained from msys2 (as a commandline argument for example).  I use the procedure below to sanitize any paths that could come from outside my code.
> 
> I have not seen the segfault issue, but I discovered the problem when loading/including code and didn't try compiling anything before it was fixed.
> 
> 
> ;; if running in msys and bash passed in a /c/... absolute path
> ;; instead of C:/ then patch if so gambit can open the path
> (define (patch-mingw-path path)
>   (let* ((path path)
>          (stype (system-type))
>          (mingw (and (or (memq 'mingw32 stype)
>                           (memq 'mingw64 stype))
>                      #t))
>          (mingw-prefix (and (eq? (string-ref path 0) #\/)
>                             (eq? (string-ref path 1) #\c)
>                             (eq? (string-ref path 2) #\/))))
>     (if (and mingw mingw-prefix)
>         (begin
>           (string-set! path 0 #\C)
>           (string-set! path 1 #\:)))
>     path))
> 
> 
> Regards,
> Bob
> 
> 
> 
> On Monday, October 10, 2016 10:01 PM, Marc Feeley <feeley at iro.umontreal.ca> wrote:
> 
> 
> This is just a guess… I haven’t tried it… but the --prefix should use the Windows path (i.e. --prefix=C:\opt\gambit\bld) because on Windows, even with mingw, the Gambit runtime will call the WIN32 CreateFile function to open files and it expects a Windows path.
> 
> I don’t understand why gsc would segfault however.  Do you have more details?  Can you try with gdb?
> 
> Marc
> 
> > On Oct 10, 2016, at 8:57 PM, Bill Six <billsix at gmail.com> wrote:
> > 
> > I'm unable to figure out how to use Gambit on Windows successfully, and I'd like some help. (I'm plenty comfortable with Gambit on Linux/OSX). My general feeling is that I'm using configure's "prefix" argument incorrectly on Windows, which may be causing my problem.
> > 
> > I can build gambit just fine using the msys2 environment with mingw64 as the compiler.
> > 
> > (Here's the head of config.log
> > "$ ./configure --prefix=/c/opt/gambit/bld --enable-single-host --enable-gcc-opts")
> > 
> > I can do basic stuff in gsi, such as
> > 
> > > (+ 1 2)
> > 3
> > 
> > But the following doesn't work:
> > 
> > > (include "~~/lib/_gambit#.scm")
> > *** ERROR IN (console)@2.1 -- Can't open file "\\c\\opt\\gambit\\bld\\lib/_gambit#.scm"
> > 
> > and I can't get "gsc -exe foo.scm" (for some trivial foo.scm) to not segfault.
> > 
> > Any ideas?
> > 
> > Thanks,
> > Bill
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