[GE users] cygwin/windows

Ron Chen ron_chen_123 at yahoo.com
Tue Nov 29 08:43:23 GMT 2005

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(resending this mail due to list problem)

Yes, there are (or at least there were) people running SGE on
Windows -- without buying N1 GE -- by using Cygwin.

AFAIK, as long as the software is "opensource", then you can
distribute the binaries that linked against Cygwin libraries:

If you plan to run qmaster on a Unix machine, then you don't
need to worry about threading. A Unix machine will give your
cluster better uptime and higher performance :)

To start, download the source, and modify the arch script (in 
dist/util/) to return lx24-x86. Then start compiling SGE using
aimk. It should be straight forward since Cygwin provides a very
Linux like environment. And then modify arch.dist similarly
before running the install script.


--- Scott Roland <scatterlined at gmail.com> wrote:
> The last reference I found to cygwin on this list was about a
> year ago, so
> I'll bring it up again...
> It is my understanding that the Windows client of GridEngine
> is only
> available for money.
> It is also my understanding that Cygwin's GPL prevents anyone
> from
> distributing a Cygwin binary of GridEngine:
> Finally, it sounds like some people are running the open
> source GridEngine
> on Cygwin.
> If I want to get a free (beer) GridEngine client on Windows is
> my best bet
> still Cygwin? Where should I start?
> Is the latest Cygwin considered thread-safe enough to handle
> GridEngine 6.x?
> Will SunSource accept patches for getting GridEngine to
> compile under
> Windows?
> Thanks.
> --
> Scott Roland

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