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

andrew clarke wrote:
On Sat, Feb 15, 2003 at 07:50:48AM +1100, andrew clarke wrote:

Section 2 of the FAQ might also put people off using Setup because it's
described as a "work-in-progress" and seemingly a bit of a moving target.

Actually, just out of interest, will new Setup programs always be
backward-compatible (within reason) with packages designed for old
versions of Setup?  The point being, a user should expect to be
able to install an old .tar.bz2 file from a local directory using
the latest version of Setup.  If not, it should be recommended that
users keep their old version of setup.exe (and not just overwrite
it with the newest setup.exe) because the new version may not be able
to install packages designed for the old version, because it's a

"Expect features and functionality to change."

Unless the FAQ is inaccurate!

There are no plans to change the format of the packages.  I can't foresee
a need to ever do this.  Don't worry about such things unless you've
been given explicit need to do so.  It will give you ulcers! ;-)


 4 Last-Modified: Thu, 04 Jul 2002 00:50:47 GMT

Hmm, nobody is working on it after all?

The new version of setup is being actively worked on.  Need proof?
Check out the cygwin-apps email archive.  There's been lots of work
since 7/4/2002.  It makes for good reading if this is the kind of
information you crave.

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