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Re: How to detect a broken cygwin mirror?
- From: luke dot kendall at cisra dot canon dot com dot au
- To: cygwin at cygwin dot com
- Date: Fri, 3 Sep 2004 12:07:29 +1000 (EST)
- Subject: Re: How to detect a broken cygwin mirror?
On 2 Sep, Christopher Faylor wrote:
> On Fri, Sep 03, 2004 at 11:41:27AM +1000, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
> >SysAdmin here are coming to object to Cygwin - they say they get only
> >slightly fewer support requests for Cygwin than they do for Exchange.
> >*Usually* they can solve the problem. They only call me in for hairier
> >problems (like this "incomplete download" that was affecting another
> >user here, which lead me to my current sad adventure).
> If cygwin isn't meeting your needs, you can return it and we'll
> cheerfully refund all of your money.
Point taken. I've put in a large number of hours here, to make Cygwin
installs and configuration for us as smooth as it is, because I want
more Unix-style automation. (That's just to let you know my position.)
I'm enormously impressed by Cygwin, by what everyone has achieved.
But it isn't all smooth sailing here yet.
It helps a lot being able to ask questions (sometimes silly questions,
sorry), on this mailing list and get good help. It is appreciated,
thank you all.
> >Failing that, is there something we can run on the Unix host to check
> >that our mirror is correct? Can we perform the same md5sum check that
> >setup does?
> Of course. Just use the md5sum files that are in each directory.
Okay, we'll try that first.
> >Any advice? Even just a suggestion of an rsync mirror that is
> >currently known to be good, and which has moderately good bandwidth?
> There is no way that you can know that a mirror is "good". You may be
> downloading information from it while it is in the middle of downloading
> from the main site and so you may have a setup.ini that does not reflect
> what's on your disk. Some files may be updated while others aren't.
> However, since you raise the issue of md5sums, it's hard to see how
> your mirror could be bad and not have setup.exe complain about an
> incorrect md5.
Righto. I'll write a script to check our mirror, independent of
setup.exe. Then check ours, and pick another mirror site if
mirrors.kernel.org has broken. (Though I'm not 100% certain that it's
the explanation for my "Subject: Setup problem: incomplete nonexistent
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