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Re: Problems downloading and installing the basic package


When you download the packages, put them on a cd, do you get problems
with the directories created by setup? This has caused problems for me
and others, FYI there's a thread either early this month or late last
month that goes into this a bit more called "How to make setup.exe
download everything".

Further on the installer's options they consist of:

  Install from Internet
  Download from Internet
  Install from Local Directory

You would use the latter option when you run setup on your machine and
the first when you download from work.

Lastly you said you installed in the root of a windows drive. This is
discouraged, although im not quite sure why, but it can be a pain if you
need to un-install. About the cygdrive prefix this is just default and
you can change where and how you access your windows drives by using
the `mount' command. For example typeing this at the bash shell you can
mount your C: drive as /sys:

  $ mkdir /sys
  $ mount -s C:\\ /sys

Not quite sure what the problem you've got with ActivePerl so you'll
need to give the people on the list an insight.


--- Dmitry Epstein <> wrote:
>I have Cygwin installed at work and I am now trying to install it at 
>home.  Since I have a slow connection there, what I usually do is download 
>the package at work, put it on a Zip or a CD-ROM, and then install from 
>disk at home.  But I am having problems with the latest version of the 
>installer.  Whenever I try to download the basic package (without changing 
>any options, because I have no idea how) I seem to end up with a 
>(different) incomplete set of files.  I've tried several download sites, 
>but the result is always the same: after installation Cygwin doesn't 
>function because some necessary files are missing (such as the bash shell 
>or some DLL).  I read the documentation, but it doesn't explain much about 
>the installer and its options.  Could someone please help me?
>In addition, if I try to install to the root directory, the installer 
>always crashes.  (Yes, I know that installing to the root directory is 
>discouraged, but because of the strange notation that Cygwin uses for drive 
>letters, installing to a directory other than root causes problems with 
>some programs, such as Active Perl.)
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