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Re: wise way to install cygwin packages

On Thu, Oct 08, 2009 at 06:40:34AM -0400, Ken Jackson wrote:
>On Thu, 08 Oct 2009 00:49:45 -0400
>"Larry Hall (Cygwin)" <> wrote:
>> On 10/08/2009 12:25 AM, Ken Jackson wrote:
>> > 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 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.
>This is a step in the right direction.  But the gui still pops up.
>And it doesn't look as capable as yum or urpmi or apt-get.

OTOH, it works and it doesn't require MASSIVE redesign to the way
Cygwin packages are handled.

Using <your favorite package manager> is not a new idea.  It comes up
every couple of months at least.  If you think about the bootstrapping
problems inherent in Windows you should be able to see why it isn't
a simple problem to solve.

It's on my todo list to get rid of the GUI pop-up from setup.exe when
-P is used.  I know that won't make it like rpm/yum/apt/dpkg/emerge.


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