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Request for feature: more flexible setup routine
- From: "Marshall Abrams" <mabrams001 at bham dot rr dot com>
- To: <cygwin at cygwin dot com>
- Date: Sat, 24 Jul 2010 19:10:08 -0500
- Subject: Request for feature: more flexible setup routine
- Reply-to: "Marshall Abrams" <marshall at logical dot net>
I *love* Cygwin. I use it to get my work done every day. I am grateful to
everyone who has contributed to it over the years and continues to do so.
Thank you. That bears repeating: Thank you!
I have one suggestion: I wish that the setup routine was better for... users
like me who mainly want to get work done, don't care necessarily care
whether we have the latest versions of every package (honestly, most of
package changes are irrelevant to most people most of the time (OK, until
you need it...)), and more than anything else, don't want to break anything
One of the beautiful things about Cygwin's setup.exe is that when--perhaps
in the middle of trying to get something done before a deadline--I realize
that a Cygwin package I didn't think I'd need would help. If it hasn't been
*too* long since I last installed, I go and mark the package to install,
carefully make sure that I mark all other new packages as "keep", and hit
next. Great. The 1.7 upgrade has made that a pita. I am *not* going to
install 1.7. Not now. I'm in the middle of a project. I just wanted one
What I hope will be added is some way to allow setup.exe to look farther
back in the past, or automatically ignore most package releases.
Something--something so that I can get the functionality of setup.exe for
one or two packages when I haven't updated anything for while--because it
was working fine! And I don't fix what's not broken.
(I never install everything--I'd be willing to waste the disk space, but too
often incompatibilities break things. That's also why I don't upgrade what
doesn't need upgrading. One time in five something is installed that screws
up something I had working. That's not a complaint; it's inevitable with a
complex system. I also don't regularly upgrade everything, because when I
do I sometimes have to fix something major, or just fix some packages that
has been "improved" in such a way that I can no longer work the way I want
without undoing something and recustomizing it. Again: Inevitable with a
Last but not least--I can't say it enough:
Problem reports: http://cygwin.com/problems.html
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