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

> Christopher Faylor <> writes:
> > 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
> > setup.exe.
> > Can anyone offer any explanation about this?
> Well, I've never tried to install via anything but the setup.exe.
> However, it is not obvious to me how to just get a single package that
> way.  The last few times I tried to do that, I ended up getting a
> massive amount of stuff.  Maybe some of your ftp users are similarly
> confused.

Setyp.exe installs all of the packages in the Base category. So when you
install everything from that category get's installed. When you have a mass
of packages installed, like me with everything, setup checks to see if those
packages have been updated on your mirror and if so marks them as Install.

> How do you get just 1 package via setup.exe?

Just click on it until it (the package) is set to Install. If you have a lot
of packages where updates are available they will be set to install so you
will need to cycle through the packages you don't want to upgrade until it
says Keep. I believe there is quite a few updated features in CVS for
setup.exe so there's probably a new easier way of doing it.


Elfyn McBratney

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