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Re: New Cygwin 1.7.0-18 in release-2

On Jul 23 12:25, Yaakov (Cygwin Ports) wrote:
> Corinna Vinschen wrote:
> | When 1.7 goes gold, the idea is to install over an 1.5 install.  Or not.
> | It's the choice of the user.
> The advantage of "starting fresh" with 1.7 would allow us to dump a lot
> of obsolete packages from the distro [...]
> but IMHO everything should anyways be rebuilt for 1.7.

I'd be happy if even the most important packages have been rebuilt for
1.7.  So far the reactions from the package maintainers were somewhat

> OTOH I'm not sure what the user reaction would be.  I suppose one
> compromise would be to require users to "rm -fr /etc/setup" before
> upgrading to 1.7.

I'm still rather trying to smooth out the upgrade path so that there
are as little as possible manual changes left to the user.  It will
be bumpy nevertheless...

> | There's no roadmap.  What's missing for a release is
> |
> | - A new setup.exe
> |
> | - The Cygwin utils are not quite up to speed
> |
> | - Documentation changes
> |
> | - Support by the package maintainers
> |
> | - Testing
> |
> | All of the above items could need a helping hand.  If 1.7 isn't too
> | buggy, I plan to release 1.7 still in 2008.  When that actually happens
> | doesn't depend on me.  Cygwin 1.7 development has gone on for two years
> | and it comes with a lot of changes.  Not all of them allow a 100% smooth
> | transition.
> | Eventually this release depends on the support it gets from all of you.
> I for one would like to "catch up" the distro to what I've made
> available in Ports.


> Could someone point me again to the current directions to install 1.7 in
> parallel to 1.5 on the same machine?

The problem so far is the "Cygnus Solutions" registry key and the 
default name of the cygwin dir, C:\cygwin.  When you try to install
1.7, both shouldn't exist.  So what I did is this:

- Rename C:\cygwin to C:\cygwin-1.5.  Change this everywhere in the

- My HKCU "Cygnus Solutions" mount table is empty anyway, so it doesn't
  matter.  Rename HKLM "Cygnus Solutions" to "Cygnus Solutions 1.5".

- Install Cygwin 1.7 with setup-1.7.exe into C:\cygwin.

- Rename HKLM "Cygnus Solutions" to "Cygnus Solutions 1.7"

- Rename HKLM "Cygnus Solutions 1.5" back to "Cygnus Solutions".

Since 1.7 doesn't use the above registry key, it doesn't matter for
running 1.7.  Just when calling setup-1.7 for an update, the registry
key rename orgy starts again.

We *really* need a new setup for 1.7 which doesn't access the "Cygnus
Solutions" registry key anymore.


Corinna Vinschen                  Please, send mails regarding Cygwin to
Cygwin Project Co-Leader          cygwin AT cygwin DOT com
Red Hat

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