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Re: Batch installation, possibly without setup.exe?
- From: "Larry Hall (Cygwin)" <reply-to-list-only-lh at cygwin dot com>
- To: cygwin at cygwin dot com
- Date: Fri, 15 Jun 2007 13:23:14 -0400
- Subject: Re: Batch installation, possibly without setup.exe?
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> I'm not sure why 'setup.exe' would take significantly longer to
> install than a copy when it comes to putting it on a USB drive
> (never tried it).
> Obviously, you'd skip the download part and install from a
> previously downloaded local directory of packages (that got created
> when you installed Cygwin on the source machine).
Yes, the time taken isn't in the downloading but in the writing to the
USB device. I think this is a feature of Windows' management of the
activity, however it's contrived (whether setup or copy or unzip). I
wrote to the flash drive manufacturer with a sheaf of time stats,
moaning about the geological duration of minor tasks. They replied,
On the other hand, if (as I intended to make clear but didn't) you
devolve the task to Linux with
cp -vr /host /target # or equivalent
then the whole thing absolutely flies along, the blue light flashing on
the target device like a cop car, and the file audit screaming up the
screen too fast even to count the pages. I reckon 160,000 files / 3.6G
in less than an hour (I've got a lot under /home/). Quite what holds
Windows up, I can't think. It would be easier to hew the files out of
Perhaps a virus scanner or other "protection" software is getting involved
in the Windows case?
Larry Hall http://www.rfk.com
RFK Partners, Inc. (508) 893-9779 - RFK Office
216 Dalton Rd. (508) 893-9889 - FAX
Holliston, MA 01746
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