The soon-to-be-released Windows 2003 Server R2 includes features that were previously shipped as Services for Unix (SFU) – perhaps the most interesting of which is Subsystem for UNIX-based Applications (SUA).
At the time of writing, if you want to see what R2 is all about you’ll need to download the Windows Server 2003 R2 Release Candidate 1 (RC1) Software, which can only be installed on a trial version of Windows 2003 Server (available as a download with R2). After you’ve installed the ‘Subsystem for UNIX-based Applications’ Windows component (Add/Remove Programs applet) you will need to download and install 200Mb or so of ‘Utilities and SDK for UNIX-based Applications’. See Installing and Using Utilities and SDK for UNIX-based Applications. Be sure to do a custom install as the default doesn’t install the GNU utilities (among other things).
Once you’ve got it all installed you’ll probably want to start compiling software (like bash), but when you run configure you’ll get a message like this:
checking build system type... ./support/config.guess: unable to guess system type This script, last modified 2005-09-19, has failed to recognize the operating system you are using. It is advised that you download the most up to date version of the config scripts from http://savannah.gnu.org/cgi-bin/viewcvs/*checkout*/config/config/config.guess and http://savannah.gnu.org/cgi-bin/viewcvs/*checkout*/config/config/config.sub If the version you run (./support/config.guess) is already up to date, please send the following data and any information you think might be pertinent to in order to provide the needed information to handle your system. config.guess timestamp = 2005-09-19 uname -m = x86 uname -r = 5.2 uname -s = Interix uname -v = SP-9.0.3790.2049 /usr/bin/uname -p = Intel_x86_Family15_Model4_Stepping8 /bin/uname -X = System = Interix Node = aosdubvsvr03 Release = 5.2 Version = SP-9.0.3790.2049 Machine = x86 Processor = Intel_x86_Family15_Model4_Stepping8 HostSystem = Windows HostRelease = SP1 HostVersion = 5.2 hostinfo = /bin/universe = /usr/bin/arch -k = /bin/arch = /usr/bin/oslevel = /usr/convex/getsysinfo = UNAME_MACHINE = x86 UNAME_RELEASE = 5.2 UNAME_SYSTEM = Interix UNAME_VERSION = SP-9.0.3790.2049 configure: error: cannot guess build type; you must specify one
This is because the config.guess script only knows about Interix versions 3 and 4 – you’ll have to tell it about version 5:
$ diff config.guess config.guess.new 782c782 --- > x86:Interix*:*)
Once you’ve done this you should be able to start compiling…