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Re: Request for feature: more flexible setup routine

#On 26 July 2010 10:32, Andrey Repin wrote:
> Greetings, Andy Koppe!


>> This makes me wonder whether Keep shouldn't be the default, on the
>> principle that programs shouldn't do anything unless the user asks for
>> it.
> Strange principle.

It's the "Principle of Least Surprise".

> Setup is intended to install/update Cygwin installation.
> Of course it offer to update whatever is available for update.
> Why shouldn't it?

Yes, of course it should offer them, the issue is that it
clandestinely sticks them into users' shopping trolleys and then makes
them pay for it. At least some users do get surprised by setup.exe
pre-selecting updates without making that obvious, such that the first
they know about it is when large packages they didn't pick start
downloading. (Setup.exe's behaviour is of course documented, alas,
manuals don't usually get read until there are problems, if at all.)

Having said that, I do think that encouraging users to update to the
latest versions is a good thing, but it would be nice to do it less
sneakily. I don't know how though.

Remembering the Keep/Curr/Prev/Exp setting across setup.exe
invocations would just make it easier for users like the OP to opt out
of updates.


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