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Re: for interest: cygwin rpm on sourceforge

----- Original Message -----
From: "Charles Wilson" <>
To: "Robert Collins" <>
Cc: <>
Sent: Friday, March 30, 2001 6:19 PM
Subject: Re: for interest: cygwin rpm on sourceforge

> Robert Collins wrote:
> >
> > I just noticed that they are doing 1500 downloads a week... not bad.
> > take this to mean that the cygwinuser base is growing at greater
> > ~1500/packagecount per week.
> Actually, this is terrible.
> 1. Folks using cygwinrpm are installing cygwin stuff *without* using
> officially approved setup.exe utility.  Yet, you can be guaranteed
> they will come to *us* asking for help when it breaks, overwrites the
> "official" port of a given package, etc.

True. Hopefully a few more developers will come in the mix though.

> 2. Many of the packages on cygwinrpm are duplicates (or OLD versions)
> packages that are now part of the official cygwin tree.  This
> perl, zip, unzip, cpio, readline, automake, ncftp, wget.  Q: "I have
> readline installed.  It's broken" A: Is it the official readline, or
> you get it somewhere else?"  How often do we ask on the list if
> is using the official setup.exe-installed version of a standard
> -- or do we just *assume* they're using the official version?

This is much worse than 1). I think it's Rue Satoh who's running the
project and he? is on the cygwin mailing list.

> This whole deal smacks of pure stubborn-ness.  "I don't like the
> official installation method (even though it was the subject of months
> of debate) so I'm gonna muddy the waters with an rpm distro"  "Even
> though I'm maintaining an rpm of bind for cygwin, I will not
> a binary .tar.gz so that users of the official installation method can
> benefit..."
> Geez.
> --Chuck

You are 100% right Chuck, I was only looking at the user base -
awareness of cygwin spreading..


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