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Re: anyone interested in loading a portable drive?


On 1/27/2020 7:38 AM, Brian Inglis wrote:
> On 2020-01-26 21:33, aimedtech wrote:
>> Okay, this is a complaint.  I've spent the past few days trying to download
>> the Cygwin system and gotten nowhere. I've tried several download
>> environments, using different protocols, nothing works.
>>
>> And this is beyond being a pain, this is getting to be a real problem for
>> me. No, that's not right -- it is a problem for me, NOW.
>>
>> I remember, I downloaded, installed it and used it, this was about a decade
>> ago. Then, the area for naming the machine download sites would fill in
>> automatically; Today, no. I chose a couple and tried them, one at a time.
>> Neither worked
>>
>> I'm not sure if this message is to just tell you that your install is very
>> broken and goodbye or if I'm asking for help.
>>
>> I am willing to send someone a USB 1TB drive and pay $50 bucks to load it
>> and send it back. If that's what I do I want everything. The works.
> This is an all-volunteer project and mirrors are donated by the server owners.
>
> Weekends are busy times for backups and security upgrades on publicly accessible
> free servers, and if there are problems, support may not be available until the
> next work day, after serious production issues are dealt with.
>
> Similarly for answers and support from here.
>
> The world has changed and Cygwin has become larger in the last decade (148GB
> according to the Mirrors page).
>
> You *MUST* download the latest x86/_64 installer from the home page
> setup-x86/_64.exe links to get the latest active mirrors and use the current key:
>
> 	https://cygwin.com/setup-x86_64.exe
> 	https://cygwin.com/setup-x86.exe
>
> Selection from the latest active mirrors to use is easiest by browsing the
> linked Mirror Sites page:
>
> 	https://cygwin.com/mirrors.html
>
> and you should see if you can recognize nearby sites which are likely to have
> big servers and fast pipes.
>
> You may find your closest site(s) overloaded, slow, and connectivity
> intermittent, depending on the site ownership, day of week, time of day, network
> path to you, other users on the site and on your local ISP feeds.
>
> Avoid evenings and weekends, when many others nearby are downloading the newest
> Amazon Prime, Apple+. Disney+, Netflix, etc. series to binge watch, and your ISP
> is also throttling retail customers, to free up bandwidth for their business
> customers doing offsite streaming backups.
>
> Searching for an unofficial mirror at a nearby local university or (Unix) User
> Group publicly available on the internet may give you better results.
>
> Sometimes the closest mirrors may not be the fastest or most reliable, and ftp
> sites nowadays are slower, less available and reliable than http/https sites, as
> web sites get the big bucks, servers, memory, and pipes, but ftp sites may be
> kept around only as long as nothing goes wrong with their old server.
>
> Ping, traceroute, simple adhoc bandwidth and throughput tests will give you an
> idea of the best performance, and experience will tell you about reliability.
>
> Start by downloading only the base packges or upgrading what you have installed,
> and be patient during postinstall steps, as rebasing all the DLLs, and
> rebuilding updated pages in the man DB, can take a while with large upgrades or
> outdated installs.
>

If you are planning to install Cygwin on many hosts, using apt-cacher-ng
or alike might be of interest to you.

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John Doe

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