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Re: Downloading Cygwin under Linux ....

On Fri, 20 Jan 2006, Joshua Daniel Franklin wrote:

> On 1/20/06, Jan Nieuwenhuizen wrote:
> > $ cyg-apt install lilypond
> > to install:
> >     libXft1 libXft2 ghostscript-base libreadline6 findutils xorg-x11-bin pcre pango-runtime libncurses8 glib2-runtime pcre-doc libintl fontconfig xorg-x11-base xorg-x11-fnts openssl097 python xterm X-startup-scripts xorg-x11-libs-data libncurses7 pango libpng12 xorg-x11-etc ghostscript libguile12 freetype2 xorg-x11-bin-lndir zlib libfreetype26 terminfo libfontconfig1 termcap pcre-devel tar expat xorg-x11-fenc texinfo xorg-x11-xwin mktemp bzip2 crypt gettext coreutils libgdbm3 tcltk libintl1 libintl2 libintl3 run libbz2_1 libpcre0 xorg-x11-bin-dlls libiconv2 cygwin bash libXft diffutils openssl lilypond libdb4.2 _update-info-dir gzip glib2 base-passwd
> > ...
> Jan, cyg-apt appears to be able to install packages on Cygwin as well as
> Linux. Do you know if it has regularly been used in such a manner? The
> biggest concern would be that if running under Cygwin it would not be
> able to install cygwin1.dll.

> While setup.exe is the only supported way of installing packages on
> Cygwin, I would like to add this information to the FAQ as another
> option for users who cannot use setup.exe to select packages (linux or
> blindness have come up several times).

I haven't looked at it in detail: does cyg-apt properly run preremove and
postinstall scripts?  Mount/shortcut creation shouldn't be a problem if
it's only used for updates.  Besides, it can use the same
replace-on-reboot mechanism as setup uses for in-use files (like python
and cygwin1.dll).  I know perl-libwin32 contains the API for accessing
this mechanism in Windows -- is there a similar API for python?
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