Uninstalling Cygwin

Sylvain RICHARD sr75pro@free.fr
Fri Feb 8 22:29:00 GMT 2008

Christopher Faylor wrote:
> On Fri, Feb 08, 2008 at 11:24:59AM +0100, PEDRO MACANAS VALVERDE wrote:
>> Asunto: RE: Uninstalling Cygwin
>> Wonderful, merçi beaucoup, Sylvain, that worked.  Didn't realise this
>> could be so easy.  Cygwin documentation / FAQ people, maybe this would
>> be wise to incorporate somewhere in the uninstall documentation on your
>> website, as I suspect all users running winXP and higher experience
>> these problems when having chacged file ownership.  Thanks again.
>> For this , include the FAQ in a Wiki is a good option.  One also can
>> include user tips.
> You should have paid closer attention to the discussion.  This would be
> just the kind of confusion we don't need.  Having people update the
> "FAQ" with a "tip" that was *already* in the "FAQ" would just cause more
> confusion.
> cgf
I have to say that I agree with cgf. I should have looked in the FAQ 
before, it would have saved some typing. I have had exactly the same 
issue before and perhaps didn't find the answer at that time. People who 
come from a UNIX background tend to use chown or chmod but may have 
already deleted chown.exe and chmod.exe. Perhaps adding the exact cacls 
invocation in the FAQ would be helpful

I do not think that an external wiki would be a good idea, as the 
developers already have to face numerous questions arising from outdated 
documentation. The most common source of questions on the cygwin mailing 
list was at a time SSH (mis-)configuration. Users followed wrong 
directions and did not run ssh-host-config but tried to setup everything 
by hand. And when MS reduced the privileges of the SYSTEM account for 
XP, everything broke.

Best regards


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