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setup.exe crashing without its error message

I've just tried repeatedly to upgrade cygwin 1.5 on a Windows Server
2003 system.  I'm using the latest setup.exe.  I chose Install from
Local Directory (I downloaded all the updates previously).
libncurses-devel keeps causing problems, so I make it Keep and
upgraded the rest.  When I try to make it do something with
libncurses-devel (a package required by readline, by the way), I see

    Uninstalling libncurses-devel

and progress blue status bar is full and the total bar is empty.
Then setup.exe's window closes.

    setup.exe has generated errors and will be closed by Windows.
    You will need to restart the program.

    An error log is being created.

I'm assuming the "error log" is an Application Event Log entry.  It is

    Source: Application Error

    Category: (100)

    Event ID: 1000

    Failing application setup.exe, version, faulting module
    setup.exe, version, fault address 0x000f42cb.

for uninstall.  Or 0xc01ffeac for reinstall.  Or 0x80840334 for
upgrade to the current version.  Keep works.  Oo-er, the most recent
attempt (upgrade to the current version) gave a different error box:

    Microsoft Visual C++ Runtime Library

    Runtime error!


    This application has request the Runtime to terminate it in an
    unusual way.
    Please contact the application's support team for more

We have MinGW installed, but that's never caused a problem with
setup.exe before.

This may be related to a permissions problem.  We installed Cygwin
while running as user Administrator.  The first time I ran setup this
evening, I ran it as my normal user, which is in the Administrators
group, except that I believe that Administrators does not have
permissions on all files.  It hit problems trying to update a man
page, though I forget which one and which package.  I told it to
Continue, but it hung (flickering the status window) at that file.  I
cancelled, logged back in as Administrator, and tried again, with the
results as above.

I rebooted soon after the first failure, which should have taken care
of the "upgrade on next reboot" threatened by Continue.  Didn't help.

Personally, I'm not so interested in diagnosing why setup.exe is dying
without an error message.  I just want to upgrade libncurses-devel, or
reinstall it, or even uninstall it and readline and then install the
newest version of each, or SOMETHING to unstick them.

Tim McDaniel; Reply-To:

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