[erlang-questions] Windows

Jani Hakala <>
Wed May 20 11:58:25 CEST 2015


Loïc Hoguin <> writes:

> Now Erlang compiles on Cygwin... but produces the win32 target. Which
> brings me to the main subject of this email: what would it involve to
> make Erlang work on Cygwin? Considering Cygwin is a mix of Windows and
> Linux it's probably just about enabling one or another piece of code,
> or is it?
>
Cygwin API Licensing Terms (https://cygwin.com/licensing.html) might be
an issue. Is linking to cygwin.dll required, and if yes, is it possible
to load only NIFs and port drivers that are distributed with a license
that satisfies the Open Source Definition?

I think GPLv3 cygwin.dll license could be one the top reasons why
windows developers stay away from cygwin.

Jani Hakala


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