Mail Archives: djgpp/1997/12/14/14:48:04

From: nn DOT oti AT ad DOT yan DOT com (H.N.)
Newsgroups: comp.os.msdos.djgpp
Subject: Re: long filenames not available to DJGPP on NT?
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 1997 16:04:40 GMT
Organization: Connix - The Connecticut Internet Exchange
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To: djgpp AT delorie DOT com
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In article <xYNPyAATh9k0Ew$L AT talula DOT demon DOT co DOT uk>, Shawn Hargreaves <Shawn AT talula DOT demon DOT co DOT uk> wrote:
>H.N. writes:
>>1. DOS is dying and less and less usage will be found for it. 
>Perhaps. But since djgpp is a DOS compiler, if you think that, maybe you
>would be better off using one of native win32 gcc ports?
I do! But I love DGJPP and wish I could still use it in my work as I used to 
in the good old days of the 'good-old-DOS'.
>>I'm puzzled by the sharp responses on this NG every time this question 
>>is raised
>I think people get annoyed by this question not because you are asking
>for specific win32 support, but because you are asking someone else to
>write it. It is a basic fact of life that there are always more things
>needing to be coded than there are people to do them. If anyone cared
>enough about this problem to want to spend their time solving it, they
>will already be doing that without you needing to ask (in fact I believe
>that someone is already working on this). So when you make a request
>like this, you are basically either asking someone to give up some other
>project that they are currently doing in order to help you with your
>problem, or you are asking someone who is already working on it to hurry
>up and do it more quickly. Neither of these seems very reasonable to me,
>which is why people tend to turn around and say that if you need it that
>badly, you should code it yourself...
I did *not* ask for help just commenting on the future of PC programming and 
the reality of today's cross-platform needs. The tone of your answer supports 
my second point. I'll never assume that someone else should do my work for me. 
My talents are in areas that has nothing to do with compilers and/or system 
programming. As much as I can program a cross-platform 
interface/converter/translator/database in my sleep ;) I know that other 
people can do the same with Win32. Again I do *not* ask to do this this for 


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