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

Well, I maintain an internal mirror for my company, and I use a custom
python script to parse our custom setup.ini and fetch the needed packages.
But, I never used

"Christopher Faylor" <> wrote in message">
> 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.
> 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...
> cgf
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