experimental new GUI setup

Chris Faylor cgf@cygnus.com
Thu Jul 6 13:31:00 GMT 2000

On Thu, Jul 06, 2000 at 03:54:44PM -0400, DJ Delorie wrote:
>> The list of mirrors seems sort of cramped.  Could it just list
>> the names of the systems rather than the full URL?
>If you do that, you won't know which are ftp and which are http.
>Besides, they just fall off the right edge anyway :-)
>> The "username/password" part of the download threw me.  We
>> didn't need this for the old setup program.  I didn't fill
>> out anything and it seemed to work.  Is this required or
>> can it be marked as (optional)?
>It is optional.  In the old setup, it would ask you for the password
>only if the proxy returned an error requiring it.  In the new one, it
>asks for all the internet options at once.

Ok, then I think it should be marked as optional.

>> I used ftp.freesoftware.com as the mirror to download from and it gave
>> me an error because there was 750 people logged in and the maximum was
>> hit.  Unfortunately, the error showed up *behind* the "Cygwin
>> Setup/Downloading/setup.ini/Connecting..." screen.
>Hmmm, it showed up in front on mine.  I suppose I can force it with a
>suitable flag.
>> When I clicked on the OK on the error screen I got an "Unable to get
>> setup.ini from..." error, as expected.  But, then clicking on the OK
>> aborted the setup.  Would it be possible to add a "Choose another
>> mirror" (or maybe a Back -> button) and an "Exit" button to make what is
>> going to happen clearer?
>Adding a "back" option is best, or have it automatically return to the
>mirrors list upon failure.  Something to add in the future, no doubt.
>Errors aren't robustly handled yet.

I thought about having it return automatically to the mirrors list but
I thought that some people might want to be able to give up at that

>> I wonder if we should always retrieve the setup.ini via http from
>> sourceware.  That would ensure that the latest version was always
>> retrieved.
>No, because if the setup.ini files don't match the ftp site then setup
>gets very confused.

Yeah but I'm still concerned about the user being confused if he accesses
an out-of-date mirror.


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