offline cygwin install question

Christopher Faylor
Thu Jun 27 17:00:00 GMT 2013

On Thu, Jun 27, 2013 at 10:32:33AM +0200, Corinna Vinschen wrote:
>On Jun 26 16:16, LMH wrote:
>> I have a win7 64-bit machine that is not online and I want to update
>> the cygwin install. What is the best method for doing this? Can I
>> just copy the current cygwin install off of my XP 32-bit machine and
>> drop it into the 64-bit win7 rig, or will that create a problem?
>The easiest way, especially if you have more than one machine, is
>IMHO to create a local mirror of the Cygwin distro first:
>  <Check if you have at least 30 Gigs of free space>
>  mkdir cygwin
>  rsync -av --delete-after cygwin
>This creates a local mirror of the 32 and 64 bit Cygwin versions.
>The 32 bit version is more complete and runs on 32 and 64 bit,
>as cgf pointed out.

Yow.  Please don't encourage people to perform high-bandwith-consuming
operations to  I don't want to have to start limiting rsync
access to because everyone thinks that doing full copies of
the release area is a good idea.

You could use an rsync mirror (see for
this but this seems like severe overkill for what the OP wanted.
Duplicating their installation from one system to another shouldn't
involve downloading the whole Cygwin release, whether it is 32-bit or


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