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Re: cmp missing from base

On May 7, 2016, at 12:20 AM, Thomas Wolff <> wrote:
> Am 07.05.2016 um 03:41 schrieb Warren Young:
>> On May 6, 2016, at 3:53 AM, Thomas Wolff <> wrote:
>>> after a recent fresh installation of cygwin, I was surprised that `cmp` was missing, which is part of the traditional Unix base commands.
>>> I think the diffutils package should be part of the base installation.
>> Weâve never really had a hard rule on what is in Base and what isnât.  Itâs always been a judgement call.
>> I wonder if the rule should just be âPOSIXâ?

Over the weekend, I realized that the rule canât be that simple, because that would drag in GCC.

> maybe there can be a guideline, and more a guideline of common practice than of a 15th standard.

The problem, of course, is that there is no common practice.

I think the closest parallel to the Cygwin Base philosophy is the minimal or base installs of several other *ixes, particularly the BSDs.  It is also something like a throwback to the SysV Unixes, prior to about 1992, when you could count on things like X and the C compiler to be separate installs.

But even that guideline isnât especially useful, since often such OSes *do* include the C compiler and all its support tooling.

Ultimately, I think Cygwin Base is whatever Corinna and Yaakov say it is. :)
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