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Re: Cygwin on FAT16 is very huge !


Do you need a complete Cygwin installation? If not, trim down the set of installed packages.

The allocation granularity on FAT volumes depends on the volume size. The only way you can influence the loss due to internal fragmentation is to lower the volume size. Offhand, I don't know the break-over points at which the allocation unit size changes or the formula by which it is determined. No doubt that information can be found on line.

Randall Schulz
Mountain View, CA USA

At 06:18 2002-09-02, you wrote:

Can anyone explain the following strange thing :

When installing Cygwin (downloaded from on 08/23/2002) on a NTFS partition (W2000 box), the full release (all packages installed) occupies about 700+ MO. When installing it on a FAT16 partition (W98 box), the same full release uses 1.8+ GO !

I need to install the full release in less than 1 GO. How can I do that ?

Thanks in advance for any help or suggestion,



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