windows binary for gnupg 1.4.11 // compilation instructions posted

John Clizbe John at
Thu Sep 22 05:44:26 CEST 2011

vedaal at wrote:
> BTW,
> There is a unique advantage to running gnupg from cygwin on 
> windows, as it's the only way to make use of unix-like commands,
> (cat, grep, printf, etc.) and pipe them to and from gnupg.

ONLY? How much effort did you expend looking?

The MinGW compiler folks provide a little environment called MSYS, for Minimal
System. It's not meant to be a full-on environment like Cygwin, even though it's
a fork of an earlier Cygwin, but provides bash and enough tools to run most
configure scripts and do a reasonable amount of work.  BTW, it's faster than
Cygwin because it's emulating less.
IIRC, Mozilla based their Windows build environment on MSYS.

In addition, there is Microsoft's Services for Unix which is the old Interix
product. I think one may still download 3.5 for XP. cc looks for CL.EXE on the
$PATH. gcc 3.3 is included. Lots of stuff available from the user site.
Certain server levels of Vista and Windows 7 have SFU built-in. It cannot be
installed separately on these OSes.

Another alternative is UWIN, from AT&T's David Korn and Glenn Fowler.
(Umm, yeah /THAT/ Dave Korn.) One used to be able to point cc to either the
MinGW gcc or to MS' CL. I haven't used it in a while.

That's just from memory.

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