Automating Package Updates

Larry Hall (RFK Partners, Inc)
Thu Apr 11 14:25:00 GMT 2002

At 04:25 PM 4/11/2002, Alan Dobkin wrote:
>Has anyone developed a mechanism to notify and automatically 
>update Cygwin packages on deployed systems?  I've searched 
>the list and haven't seen anything like this yet, so I'm 
>working on a perl script do it, which I will share if 
>there is interest.  The idea is similar to RedHat's RHN/
>up2date program for Linux.  But if something like this 
>already exists for Cygwin, then I won't reinvent the wheel.
>The script I'm working on requires Cygwin to already be 
>installed, so it's not intended as a replacement for the 
>setup program, and it would probably no longer be needed 
>once there is a command-line setup.  It also requires perl 
>to run, along with bzip and tar for package installation, 
>ssmtp for e-mail notification, and cron for automation.  
>It compares setup's installed.db file with the latest 
>setup.ini to determine what has changed.  If it updates 
>any packages, it revises the entries in installed.db and 
>the package contents files in /etc/setup to keep setup 
>happy for future manual updates with the GUI.

I haven't seen any reports of such a utility for Cygwin.  If
you're interested, go for it!

Larry Hall                    
RFK Partners, Inc.            
838 Washington Street                   (508) 893-9779 - RFK Office
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