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Re: setup.exe needs package name selection filter
Mark J. Reed wrote:
On Fri, Jun 20, 2008 at 8:37 AM, Eric Blake wrote:
[Please avoid http://cygwin.com/acronyms/#TOFU - don't top-post]
[Please avoid feeding the spammers -
Sorry, I need to stop using GMail Mobile to post to this list. It
leaves me no option about either of those.
I assume you mean beyond doing this manually. I feel your pain.
| Is there a ticketing/tracking system for Cygwin where one can submit
| feature requests? I
The mailing list archives are as good as anything else.
Not really, because they're full of all sorts of messages that are
neither defects or feature requests, and repeated requests don't get
collapsed into a single thread.
I think we can all agree that there would be some value in such a system
if it was well maintained and easy to use.
You're forgetting something fundamental - this is a volunteer process, so unless someone
volunteers to expend the resources to maintain a request tracking system,
it won't be any more effective than list traffic.
Yes, it's a volunteer process. I get that. Pretty much every open
source project is a volunteer project. And it's true that if there
were a tracking system, someone(s) would need to monitor it to mark
duplicates and prioritize and such. But that might be less work than
replying to these periodic messages about why there's no tracking
Someone must be directing the overall course of the development effort
already, right? Is there a roadmap? Or just a bunch of people
submitting patches as the mood strikes?
You're making the assumption that the main Cygwin development team is a
large organization. It's not. Primarily, two developers work on the
Cygwin DLL and do so fairly regularly. 1 developer works on 'setup.exe'.
All others contribute patches to one side or the other as the time and
inspiration permit, some more regularly than others. There are also
people that are responsible for various packages and update them as
needed, though a large number of packages are provided by these same
core developers and those helping with bugs/patches. But when you boil
it all down, the team working on Cygwin internals is not large by any
stretch of the imagination and have lots of distractions already. Currently,
coordination of efforts and laying out of roadmaps at any scale is not a
formal process. It doesn't need to be with this team size, even if you
take into account the helpful and trusty patchers. And while there has
been talk in the past about setting up and maintaining some bugzilla or
something, it has never really gotten off the ground due to lack of
resource. Given this as background, I think you can understand that the
current development team is not anxious to take on other tasks that would
divert their current efforts. So, as it has been discussed in the past, any
kind of formal tracking system for issues or requests needs someone to
spearhead it to make it work and to limit the impact on the current
Read the archives. This has been repeatedly suggested, but no one has yet
proposed how to solve the chicken-and-egg problem of how you get apt or
yum first installed (how do you install cygwin1.dll with a program that
depends on the existence of cygwin1.dll?).
Why does the initial installation wizard have to be the same as the
post-installation package manager? Certainly the extra first-install
bits of setup.exe (e.g. "pick a mirror") are some of the more annoying
things about using it later on. If you take out most of the
flexibility from the initial setup, it doesn't need to have the same
capabilities as a full package manager; it can just give you the
default set of packages, or maybe let you pick from two or three
canned sets targeted at developers and/or heavy X users. You could
probably even use InstallShield or similar.
Again, this has been discussed in the past. While it would certainly be
possible to do this, it effectively means we need 2 install programs.
One would handle the install and update of the Cygwin DLL and the other
would handle the packages. This would put an extra burden on the user
even if all the technical issues could be addressed. I'm summarizing
the history here. If you're interested in more details about these
old discussions, the email archives are the place to look, though you'll
have to go back 10 years or so to get to the original discussions that
brought 'setup.exe' into existence. That doesn't mean that the subject
is closed. There have been more recent discussions about how to bring a
package manager into this process. But it needs to address the chicken-
and-egg problem well and have some resource to put behind it. And now
with this statement, I fear, we've jumped back to near the start of this
thread again. :-(
Any good ideas and discussions on solutions for this issue are still
welcome, as doing so may spark others interest too. But please don't
cover the same old ground. Have some pity for those who have been through
these discussions before. Or if not for us, think of the children! ;-)
Larry Hall http://www.rfk.com
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> Q: Are you sure?
>> A: Because it reverses the logical flow of conversation.
>>> Q: Why is top posting annoying in email?
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