Setup not working

Backwoods BC
Tue Feb 28 22:10:47 GMT 2023

On Tue, Feb 28, 2023 at 1:16 PM Brian Cowan via Cygwin
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> There is a set of messages from last year or the year before talking about how the Cygwin setup program is compressed with "upx." When I had this issue, I had to download UPX on a Linuux host, copy the setup program to that host, and use upx to uncompress the executable. Why? Because my corporate-mandates security software blocked the UPX extractor from executing. If you have a Windows host where you can shut down the security software, that could work too.

I understand the desirability of compressing everything that travels
over the 'Net, but the days of there being any reason to keep an
executable compressed in order to save storage space have long passed
for the vast majority of users.

Therefore I suggest that a version of 'setup' be made available that
is compressed using one of the standard versions of 'ZIP' that Windows
File Explorer recognizes. People who have any issues getting setup to
run can download the ZIP version and use Windows File Explorer to
extract the uncompressed executable.

I suspect that even using a less than optimum ZIP process will still
be size-competitive with the self-extracting version because of not
having to include the overhead of the self-extractor.

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