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Re: Is it okay to delete Cygwin (mirror) download directories?

On 05/07/2011 07:32 PM, Olumide wrote:
Hi -

Over the years I've updated my gotten my Cygwin fix from a number of
mirrors each one of which has left a massive download directory (in
excess of 700Mb) on my hard disk. For example:

Now I'm running out of HD space I'm looking to reclaim some of that
space. Is it okay to delete some or all of these directories? I'm
concerned that the Cygwin setup program uses one of these folders to
determine what programs I've currently got installed.


I routinely delete these directories without any ill effects. The setup.exe program will recreate them and refill them up as new versions are downloaded and installed. The only time you don't want to delete them is after you downloaded a bunch of updates but before you have installed them.

The setup program does not use these directories to determine what has been installed (as far as I understand, and I am a mere user of setup.exe.)

Give it a try. What's the worse that can happen? A messed up Cygwin installation? You can always delete the whole thing and start over.

Weiqi Gao

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