[links-list] Downloaded files are not in binary mode

Mikulas Patocka mikulas at artax.karlin.mff.cuni.cz
Mon Jun 4 08:34:17 PDT 2001


> > > Cygwin does 'proper' forking, it works fine.  It's not quite as
> > > efficient as Unix (it just does a full copy, rather than copy on write)
> > > but Unix utilities normally compile and run fine.
> > 
> > That's bad. With large document cache Links could be quite huge and I
> > don't think it is reasonable to copy tens of megabytes on each lookup. If
> > someone fixes this, I won't mark win32 port as experimental and
> > unsupported. 
> 
> As I recall it does support PThreads (POSIX "light threads"), all in a
> single task.  I aven't used it, though.  I'll check the Cygwin docs,
> they may have improved fork now (or it may be OK under NT but not under
> 9x, I know it's a lot slower on 98 than under NT4).

Links has some pthread support (that I wrote some times ago and then
disabled, because it didn't allow dumping core). You can enable it on
Win32.

Mikulas


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