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Cygwin package .hint files
package-version-release.hint consist of one of the
# comment sdesc: "some text" ldesc: "some text" category: name1[ name2...] requires: package[ package...] depends: version-relation[, version-relation...] obsoletes: version-relation[, version-relation...] provides: package[, package...] conflicts: version-relation[, version-relation...] external-source: package message: id "some text" test: version: version disable-check: check-name [check-name...]
Note: Not all of the above lines are required. Please read the description below for further details on how to construct a package-version-release.hint file.
Use UTF-8 character encoding.
Lines that begin with '#' are comments and are ignored.
sdescis a one line description of the package, enclosed in double-quotes. This is the information that will be displayed when installing packages via setup.
Please note that the package name should not be part of the description, e.g. this is incorrect:
sdesc: "boffo: A whackamole simulation in ASCII art"
This is correct:
sdesc: "A whackamole simulation in ASCII art"
sdescis a mandatory line.
ldescis a more descriptive, multi-line description of the package, enclosed in double-quotes. e.g.:
ldesc: "A whackamole simulation in ASCII art. Intended for use on VT100 terminals at BAUD rates 1200 and above. Uses arrow keys for positioning over moles. Space bar whacks the mole. No actual moles will be harmed during execution of this game."
Note that there is currently no method for escaping double-quotes, so there is no way to represent a double-quote embedded in the
categoryline indicates the categories that this package belongs to. One package can belong to multiple categories. Multiple categories are separated by spaces.
Do not enclose multiple category names within quotation marks.
Please do not invent a new category without checking with the cygwin-apps mailing list first. At the time of writing, the current categories are:
As you can see, currently, all categories consist of only a single word. We don't anticipate that this will change anytime soon.
categoryis a mandatory line.
requiresline indicates the packages that this package relies on. If your package is dependent on a file provided by another package that other package should be included here. The requires field may be missing or empty if your package truly does not require any other package. A package can rely on multiple other packages.
Do not include transitive dependencies, unless they are also direct dependencies. i.e. don't drop '
bar' from your dependency list if your package requires it, even if you are including '
foo' which also relies on '
If you think that another package has an incorrect dependency list, send email to cygwin-apps noting that fact.
Multiple packages are separated by spaces. Do not enclose multiple package names within quotation marks.
dependsindicates the packages that this package relies upon, in a more sophisticated way than
requires:. See relationship fields for details of the syntax.
providesindicates additional package
depends:that this package satisfies.
conflictsindicates the packages that this package conflicts with. See relationship fields for details of the syntax.
obsoletesindicates the packages that this package supersedes. See relationship fields for details of the syntax.
external-source. See the section on
messageline indicates text that will be displayed by the setup program when the package is installed.
This should be used extremely sparingly, for example, if a 3rd party driver or service needs to be installed in Windows for the package to function.
The id used should be derived from the package name. Currently, the text for a given id will be shown by setup exactly once, when the package is first installed, even if the text subsequently changes.
testindicates this is a test package. When the use of test packages is enabled in setup, the highest version marked as a test package will be installed.
It is not required that your package have a
testversion. Use of a
testversion of a package is at the discretion of the package maintainer.
versionoverrides the version-release, which is otherwise inferred from the version-release part of the filename.
disable-checkdisables the named checks for this package.
Here's an example of a complete release/boffo/boffo-1.0-1.hint:
category: Games Text requires: libncurses6 cygwin sdesc: "A whackamole simulation in ASCII art" ldesc: "A whackamole simulation in ASCII art. Intended for use on VT100 terminals at BAUD rates 1200 and above. Uses arrow keys for positioning over moles. Space bar whacks the mole. No actual moles will be harmed during execution of this game."
external-source line is used when multiple installation packages are generated from a single source package. For example, suppose the
boffo package contains the executables and documentation for boffo, but there is also a shared library
cygboffo-7.dll that might be used by other packages; say, the
fobbo program. It would be nice to separate that
cygboffo-7.dll shared library into a second installation package, so that users of the
fobbo program can install just the library, and not the entire
boffo package. However, all of the
boffo executables and the DLL are generated from the same source. To support this usage, the
boffo maintainer would create three package files:
boffo-2.4.1-2.tar.xz: an installable package that contains all of the normal contents of
boffo-- except for the shared library.
libboffo7-2.4.1-2.tar.xz: an installable package that contains only the shared library from
boffo-2.4.1-2-src.tar.xz: the source package for boffo.
boffo-2.4.1-2.hint would go into the
libboffo7-2.4.1-2.hint would go into a separate subdirectory, such as
.hint files would look something like this:
category: Games Text requires: libboffo7 libncurses6 cygwin sdesc: "A whackamole simulation in ASCII art" ldesc: "A whackamole simulation in ASCII art. Intended for use on VT100 terminals at BAUD rates 1200 and above. Uses arrow keys for positioning over moles. Space bar whacks the mole. No actual moles will be harmed during execution of this game."
category: Games Text requires: cygwin external-source: boffo sdesc: "Runtime library for a whackamole simulation in ASCII art" ldesc: "A whackamole simulation in ASCII art. Intended for use on VT100 terminals at BAUD rates 1200 and above. Uses arrow keys for positioning over moles. Space bar whacks the mole. No actual moles will be harmed during execution of this game."
The setup.ini generated from these .hint files will include these lines (only relevant lines shown):
@ boffo requires: libboffo7 libncurses6 cygwin version: 2.4.1-2 install: release/boffo/boffo-2.4.1-2.tar.xz source: release/boffo/boffo-2.4.1-2-src.tar.xz @ libboffo7 requires: cygwin version: 2.4.1-2 install: release/boffo/libboffo7/libboffo7-2.4.1-2.tar.xz source: release/boffo/boffo-2.4.1-2-src.tar.xz
Note that both packages point to the same source tar file. Also, it is required that the versions match (i.e. libboffo7-5.2 can't point to boffo-1.4-src). The same logic is used to "match up" other versions with their external sources.
# comment build-depends: dependency-atom[ dependency-atom...] category: name1[ name2...] disable-check: check-name [check-name...] homepage: url ldesc: "some text" license: license-expression> sdesc: "some text" skip: test: version: version
As above, and:
build-dependsis a space-separated list of packages that are needed to build this source package.
homepagerecords the URL of the upstream homepage.
licenseis a SPDX license expression for the open source license(s) of the package source code.
It was only useful for indicating directories which contain source-only packages, which are now automatically recognized, irrespective of
override.hint file may exist, for information not associated
with a specific version-release.
# comment keep: version[ version...] keep-count: count keep-days: days disable-check: check-name [check-name...] replace-versions: version [version...]
Lines that begin with '#' are comments and are ignored.
keep-dayscan be used to override the default package expiry settings, which control when old package versions are automatically removed.
All package versions listed in any
keepline are always kept.
keep-countline causes the highest count non-test versions to be kept.
keep-daysline causes the first version which is less than days days old, and all higher versions to be kept.
disable-checkdisables the named checks for all versions of this package.
replace-versionslists versions which should always be replaced.
This is intended for (temporarily) dealing with withdrawn versions, e.g. those which have been removed (or relabelled as test), without a superseding higher version existing, and indicates that the named versions(s), if installed, should be replaced with by the current version, even if lower.