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Why the rash of people bypassing setup.exe to install?

I tried an experiment recently where I turned on ftp access to the
cygwin download directory on  The result seemed
to be that people started downloading cygwin's package .tar.bz2 files
directly and (somehow) used tar to extract files rather than running

So, that experiment was a bad idea.  I turned off access again.  Yet, I
still have the feeling that many people are downloading packages
directly (from mirrors I suppose) and then we get to experience the
maddening "I downloaded foo and it gives me an error about missing bar.
What in the world could possibly be the problem????"

Can anyone offer any explanation about this?  Or maybe convince me that
I'm wrong in noticing this trend?  I suppose that it is possible that
we are now hitting a newer stupider brand of user who just can't be
bothered to read the cygwin web site and click on a link to download
but I'm wondering if there is another explanation.  Maybe there is
a popular web page out there with wrong advice or something...

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