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Re: Cygwin package manager

There's no maturity requirement as such.  For a package such as cyg-apt that
doesn't exist in other distros, you have to get 5 positive votes from current
package maintainers.  A clear explanation of what cyg-apt does that setup
doesn't, would probably go a long way towards that.

Thanks for that, I'll work on the manpage and the case for cyg-apt vs setup. I think they are natural partners actually: setup shows you what's available, and works outside Cygwin, with Cygwin shut down. cyg-apt is strongest when you know what you want and provides package management without closing your Cygwin window.

If you think the software needs more testing before it should go into general
release, then you can release it as a "Test" release, as described at the above
URL. The disadvantage is that it won't be visible in setup unless people click
on the "Test" radio button at the top. You can still ask people on this list to
test it.


If you do wish to experiment with using cyg-apt's wider functionality in an automated context my first thoughts are:

* run cyg-apt from Windows, rather than inside Cygwin to reduce the number of packages cyg-apt can't manipulate to the bare minimum (cygwin, coreutils). See the wiki for more info.

Anyone who tries to uninstall Base packages from within Cygwin, gets what they deserve.

I suppose though, that you'd run into trouble trying to upgrade Python, or
certainly Cygwin, from cyg-apt running in Cygwin.

What you get is a polite warning that:
[python cygwin base-cygwin coreutils bash zlib libreadline] can't be changed from within Cygwin and cyg-apt exits.


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