[ANNOUNCEMENT] Updated: version 5.45 of expect/tcl
Tue Oct 25 17:10:00 GMT 2011
On 10/25/2011 6:18 PM, Craig Miller wrote:
> Hi Marco,
> I am sure someone else could update the expect package, but I have
> been following cygwin for a year now (support expect-lite on cygwin)
> and saw no updates. There is functionality in the newer expect that
> expect-lite takes advantage of, and it would be nice to have a newer
> version in the distro.
> I have included in the package the tcl lib for 8.5. It will get
> installed when this package is installed.
> I hope that helps,
it is clear that you are not yet familiar with the cygwin mailing
list and the way of working of the cygwin maintainer community.
1st) on these mailing lists we do not top-post
2nd) if you need a package to be updated, the right way is to ask
politely the maintainer to update it, sending an e-mail to this
3rd) if you want to offer yourself as mantainer "of expect-lite"
package for cygwin, than you start reading the documentation at
We expect a package to follow certain rules and be provided
also as source non only as binary.
As all the package mantainer are volounteers, we appreciate the job
of everyone and we do not step over the other responsabilities.
For your info, here is the list of packages and maintainers:
As you can see, Christopher is taking care of a lot of packages,
but if you ask politely you have chance to see "expect" updated.
> On Tue, Oct 25, 2011 at 10:54 AM, Craig Miller<firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>> Hi Marco,
>> I am sure someone else could update the expect package, but I have been following cygwin for a year now (support expect-lite on cygwin) and saw no updates. There is functionality in the newer expect that expect-lite takes advantage of, and it would be nice to have a newer version in the distro.
>> I have included in the package the tcl lib for 8.5. It will get installed when this package is installed.
>> I hope that helps,
>> On Tue, Oct 25, 2011 at 2:48 AM, Marco Atzeri<email@example.com> wrote:
>>> On 10/25/2011 3:31 AM, Craig Miller wrote:
>>>> Hello All,
>>>> I am the author of expect-lite<expect-lite.sf.net> which relies heavily
>>>> on expect. The version in the cygwin repository is quite old (from
>>>> 2003). I have compiled a modern version of expect (v 5.45) based on TCL
>>>> Expect, originally written by Don Libes, is a program that "talks" to
>>>> other interactive programs according to a script. Following the script,
>>>> Expect knows what can be expected from a program and what the correct
>>>> response should be. An interpreted language provides branching and
>>>> high-level control structures to direct the dialogue. In addition, the
>>>> user can take control and interact directly when desired, afterward
>>>> returning control to the script.
>>>> This is a direct replacement for the 2003 version, and can be found at:
>>>> Please accept this into the cygwin repository.
>>> I suspect our expect package maintainer (aka cgf) is capable to
>>> update the package by himself.
>>> Moreover the tcltk package in cygwin is based around 8.4 not 8.5.
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