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Re: Download from internet = 1Mb?! (potential FAQ entry)
- From: Christopher Faylor <cgf-rcm at cygwin dot com>
- To: cygwin at cygwin dot com
- Date: Fri, 27 Jun 2003 10:52:23 -0400
- Subject: Re: Download from internet = 1Mb?! (potential FAQ entry)
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On Fri, Jun 27, 2003 at 08:05:13AM +0100, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
>> There are ways of downloading an installation set that involve
>> temporarily blinding Windows to your installed Cygwin.
>OK, here goes. You've got Cygwin up and running and maybe even up-to-date.
>You want to (1) blind Windows to its existence; (2) download a complete
>installation set; (3) recover your existing installation.
>(1) From Cygwin:
> mount -m > /bin/remount.txt
>(This puts an instruction list to achieve (3) into a text file called
>remount.txt located in c:\Cygwin\bin\. It's a convenient location for
>picking up later.)
>Then issue the command
> umount -A.
>Now, from Windows Explorer (or however you prefer to do it) rename the
>Cygwin folder to SomeOtherName. (You need to rename your Cygwin directory
>otherwise setup will still find c:\Cygwin\setup\etc\installed.db and a few
>other things. You don't want this!)
>That completes the blinding.
>(2) Now run http://cygwin.com/setup.exe and ask for Download from Internet.
>Download to some well-named directory like c:\Cyg0\ or similar. The default
>will give you a Base installation set. Change All Default to All Install to
>download a Full installation set.
>When the download is over, then I _think_ that as well as the two filled
>directories c:\SomeOtherName\ and, now, c:\Cyg0\ you will also have a new
>directory c:\cygwin\ . (I've just tried it, and I did have it, though it was
>almost empty.) You don't want this, so simply remove it.
>That completes the Download.
>(3) Now you want to recover your previous Cygwin installation. Rename
>SomeOtherName back to Cygwin. Then run
>to obtain a bash window (probably with the prompt bash-2.05b$. You might
>get a "warning: could not find /tmp" msg, but this does not matter.) From
> pwd # to confirm your current location
> PATH=. # so that the "mount" command can be found
> bash remount.txt # to process the remount script
>Then you can start Cygwin just as you used to.
>PS. I _think_ this is as simple as you can get. If anybody notices a
>redundant step or unnecessary complication, please say.
FWIW, the above is exactlhy how I would do this. So, that's either very
scary or somewhat reassuring, I suppose.
Thanks, Fergus. Perhaps we should add this to the FAQ?
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