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Date: Sun, 19 Aug 2001 15:15:44 +0300
From: "Eli Zaretskii" <eliz AT is DOT elta DOT co DOT il>
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> From: "Jesper Lund" <jl1204 AT worldonline DOT dk>
> Newsgroups: comp.os.msdos.djgpp
> Date: Sat, 18 Aug 2001 23:01:36 +0200
> What are the advantages (and disadvantages) of using the DJGPP version of
> GNU Emacs under Win98 instead of NT Emacs, the native Windows port?

The advantages of using NTEmacs is that it's a GUI program, and it
supports some advanced features which aren't supported by the DJGPP
port: asynchronous subprocesses (so you could, for example, run a long
compilation and still edit while it runs); network-related issues (so
you could easily read and send email, read news groups, and edit
remote files), etc.

The disadvantage is that you cannot rebuild it without installing the
Microsoft development tools or the MinGW port of GCC, and you don't
have sources for the MS runtime libraries to fix possible bugs.  Also,
the support tools--programs Emacs calls to implement some of the
features, such as Grep, Gawk, Find, man, Ispell, Gzip, etc.--are less
easily available and generally harder to integrate with Emacs than if
you use the DJGPP port, because the number of DJGPP ports of GNU
software is much larger than the native Windows ports, and their
quality is generally higher.  (Most people use the Cygwin ports with
NTEmacs, but Cygwin has a few annoying problems with support of native
Windows features, such as file names with drive letters and

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