[tex-live] 64 bits version of TeX Live on Windows

Vincent Torri vincent.torri at gmail.com
Fri Jul 1 23:37:29 CEST 2016

On Fri, Jul 1, 2016 at 7:41 PM, Angelo Graziosi
<angelo.graziosi at alice.it> wrote:
> Il 01/07/2016 18:34, Vincent Torri ha scritto:
>> I use a framework which installs some useful dependencies, named
>> win-builds.
> So you are not using a pure MSYS2-MINGW64 system...

There is no pure MSYS2-MINGW-W64.

There is MSYS2 which is a terminal which interprets some POSIX
features. Technically speaking, it has no relation at all with the
mingw-w64 project. To be more precise :

MSYS1 is derived from the cygwin 1.5 terminal
MSYS2 is derived from the cygwin 1.8 terminal, which is itself derived
from mintty. MSYS2 provides the same package manager than Archlinux
(windows port of pacman).

That's all.

The mingw-w64 project is a gcc toolchain which aims at compiling
source files for Windows, 32 or 64 bits, natively (that is, without
any cygwin DLL dependency). It can be installed and can be used with
any terminal that can execute Windows programs (the Windows console,
MSYS1, MSYS2, ConEmu, Console2, etc...)

That's all.

Then from these 2 projects, you have some kind of MSYS2 + mingw-w64
"distro", that is some projects which install both MSYS2 and
mingw-w64, with different versions.

What I do is installing MSYS2  as terminal, and I use win-builds which
install, among other libraries and program, the mingw-w64 toolchain

Vincent Torri

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