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Re: wise way to install cygwin packages

On 10/08/2009 12:25 AM, Ken Jackson wrote:
On Wed, 7 Oct 2009 20:41:53 +0800
Steven Woody wrote:
3. So, after I do some other clicks to really deselect the PB, I have
to go back to deselect PA again!
This make the operation very very hard to perform.

I agree. And even for simple operations I find it a bother to have to start up a gui to install a package or check for updates.

It would be great to have a command-line package management tool. For
example, if yum were ported to Cygwin, for the case you cite, you could
do this:

$ yum remove PA PB

I would love to make a contribution like porting yum.  (But don't wait
for me.)

I believe the current answer to both of these needs is the setup program for the upcoming Cygwin 1.7 release <>. 'setup-1.7.exe -h' shows you the command line options and has a convenient '-P' switch to allow you to specify the packages you want to install. Sorry, no "All" or "All minus foo, bar". The setup program for Cygwin 1.5 also has some command line options (though they print to "setup.log") but the "-P" is missing.

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