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RE: Drop textmode from setup?
- From: "Gary R. Van Sickle" <g dot r dot vansickle at worldnet dot att dot net>
- To: <cygwin-apps at cygwin dot com>
- Date: Thu, 8 Sep 2005 20:56:38 -0500
- Subject: RE: Drop textmode from setup?
> From: Corinna Vinschen
> Sent: Wednesday, September 07, 2005 3:36 AM
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: Drop textmode from setup?
> I mean it!
> I don't want to drop textmode support from Cygwin(*), but why
> do we still give the user the choice in the first place? If
> the user can't choose textmode in the base installation, we
> will have a lot more sane binmode installations in future and
> people will use textmode only if they (think they) know what
> they are doing.
I've always seen it the opposite way: only use binary mounts if you know
what you're doing, otherwise you'll constantly have two problems:
- Text files created by Cygwin programs will trip up many native programs.
- Text files created by native Windows programs will almost certainly trip
up Cygwin programs.
The second has historically been a much bigger problem for me than the
first, so I've been using text mounts forever.
> At least, it's about time to publish the latest setup version
> with the improved interface which very explicit recommends UNIX mode.
Unless the Unix world has turned from its evil ways while I wasn't looking,
I don't see how that makes sense. Didn't we just go through a bunch of
hassle because tar (*tar* of all gotta-have-it-working-and-solid programs)
was trying to read everything as a text file (i.e. "r")?
You don't hate the "\n/\r\n/\r/whatever" problem half as much as I do, but I
just don't see how binary mounts are a good idea for the "newbie" Cygwinner.
Gary R. Van Sickle