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Re: Question Geant4 in Windows without Cygwin (Joel Long)
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Date: 29 Jun, 2011
From: Ben Morgan <Ben Morgan>

Hi Joel

On Mon, 27 Jun 2011 17:21:40 GMT, Joel Long wrote:
> At the moment, it is a rather hackish - functional, but not as organized
> or thorough as the standard build process. I may work to clean it up
> some in the future, but in any case, what I have read about cmake
> indicates it is potentially a much better solution than the use of a
> batch-based build system, as long as there are eventual plans to exploit
> it to create a Windows-native install/build system that does not require
> Cygwin. (Watching life-long Windows users trying to function in a
> pseudo-unix environment is deeply painful, and not necessary.)
> 
> I would love to see Sandia become involved in the Geant4 collaboration.
> It would be beneficial for all parties, particularly with the growing
> interest in Geant4 here. Unfortunately, those sorts of decisions are way
> above my level.
> 
> As a side note, my knowledge of the Windows environment is not so much
> "expertise" as "bare proficiency". I work in Unix (well, MacOS) whenever
> possible - it has a vastly superior toolset - but most of the rest of my
> team has no Unix knowledge, so I learned what I needed to get them
> running.

To echo Joseph's comments, we would welcome further input from Windows (and Mac!!) users on the new CMake based build system (and of course generally). So far the binary packaging on these platforms has been at a lower priority, though the basic CMake/CPack stuff is in place. On Windows the intention will be to provide an NSIS based installer, and a standard dmg wrapped PackageMaker installer on Mac, so we'd welcome thoughts and/or comments on either of these potential solutions.

Cheers,

Ben.

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