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Re: Windows 2000 binary?

From: Tom Weichmann
Subject: Re: Windows 2000 binary?
Date: Mon, 9 Oct 2000 11:51:58 -0400

On Sun, 08 Oct 2000, Ed Suominen wrote:
> When I discovered a Win32 binary of Octave a month ago at 
>Šþtom/index.html, I was as happy as a 
> pig in mud. It is an amazing piece of software, and I was thrilled to be 
> able to play with "Matlab" again. I even started having pangs of conscience 
> that perhaps I ought to donate $50 or so to John Eaton's development fund 
> in view of the successful work it allowed me to do recently on one of my 
> crypto inventions.
> Then, this weekend, I got a new system running Windows 2000 Professional 
> and - uh oh - the same Cygwin installation that worked fine under Win 98 
> doesn't work. Here's the error:
> "16 bit MS-DOS Subsystem
> Invalid program file name, please check your pif file."
> Is Cygwin incompatible with Win 2000? Is there something I can do? I've 
> even thought of getting Microsoft's UNIX emulator (See 
> if that would let me run the program, but I'm 
> pretty ignorant of UNIX.
> Can anyone help? I promise I'll send John the fifty bucks if I get this 
> resolved. (honest!)  :-)
> Ed Suominen
> Registered Patent Agent
> Web Site:
> PGP Public Key:


Did you upgrade your machine from 98 to 2000?  I have herd that people are
having problems after upgrading; these problems seem to be fixed with
re-installation of cygwin.  There may be some issue with the regestry when
upgrading.  I would try that first.  If that does not help try re-compiling
octave.  Download the latest octave source, and compile.  I would suggest using
./configure --with-g77 and everything should go fine on 2000 (on win 98 this
actually required 2 re-boots of my machine, but this is a win98 issue)

As a side note, thank you for the offer to mirror my site.  I will be taking you
up on it, but I need to change the page a little and have not had a spare

Hope this helps!
T.C. Weichmann

Tom Weichmann

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