make-3.81 update?

Rob Walker
Fri May 25 08:04:00 GMT 2007

Brian Dessent wrote:
> Rob Walker wrote:
>> My situation is this: I cannot advocate an off-the-rack Cygwin
>> installation for my team or my customers.  My current choices are:
>>    1. supply an in-house compiled Cygwin version of make-3.81 (without
>>       cygwin1.dll, of course) that has the patch, with installation
>>       instructions and caveats
>>    2. supply an old Cygwin make-3.80 (with similar instructions and
>>       /more/ caveats)
>>    3. tell my customers and team to "figure it out"
>> Is the CVS version with its bugs worse (calls for some subjectivity)
>> than the current Cygwin make-3.81-1?  Are the bugs new since 3.81-1?
>> Can Cygwin take *just* the "colon in paths" patch?
> 4. Package whatever version of make you desire in the Cygwin package
> format with a package version number that's numerically higher than
> what's on the official mirrors, put it on a server somewhere, create a
> setup.ini for it, and have your customers add that URL as as an
> additional installation mirror in setup.exe in addition to whatever
> normal mirror they use.
> 5. Provide a simple script that automatically fetches and installs the
> updated files (we're talking about a single 150KB executable here, how
> hard is this?) and fudges the /etc/setup/installed.db so that it will
> not be accidently uninstalled/overwritten by future runs of setup.
Thanks, Brian, for the education.  I didn't know that these were options.

I hope you'll agree that your suggested 4 and 5 are functionally and 
"customer-educationally" equivalent to 1.


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