Ports under windows

Rudolph van Graan rvg@REDACTED
Mon Feb 16 06:51:12 CET 2004

Hi All,

Today has been one of total frustration. We are trying to get a driver 
working as a port under windows. If you compile the example driver in 
the Interoperability tutorial using GCC in cygwin, it works perfectly. 
If you compile it under win32, specifically using Borland C++ Builder 
it doesn't. The erlang side of things always receive data from the 
port, but the win32 flavour of the driver just gets stuck in  read() 
[from stdin]. We have to make the driver work with another [Delphi 
based] program, so we cannot use GCC. [We have tried all the 
"open_port" variations, including use_stdin, nouse_stdin, stream, 
binary, {packet, X}, etc etc]

Here http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;Q190351 
microsoft gives an example of a stdio based program. If we try to get 
the client portion [child.c at the bottom] to read from the erlang 
data, it simply hangs in readfile.

We've also built a delphi version of these programs, using various ways 
of getting to stdin [win32 readfile, assignfile(), etc]

So, what does erlang do different from other win32 based stdio 
applications, that is different under cygwin? The only included port in 
erlang that I know of, is ODBC and that is compiled by gcc, so it 
doesn't help me much here.

Anyone that got a Delphi/Borland C++ based port running in Erlang? What 
are the tricks? I would like to test with MS Visual C++, but don't 
currently have access to it.


Rudolph van Graan
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