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Re: Setup: lesson learned and suggestion
- From: "Max Bowsher" <maxb at ukf dot net>
- To: "Dameron, Gregg" <gregg dot dameron at lmco dot com>,<cygwin-apps at cygwin dot com>
- Date: Wed, 26 Jan 2005 15:57:49 -0000
- Subject: Re: Setup: lesson learned and suggestion
- References: <E10C8EF47F42494EB6942801E1F3B75E2A11C7@emss02m15.us.lmco.com>
Dameron, Gregg wrote:
Running setup.exe version 2.427 on Windows 2000.
When the option "Install from Local Directory" is selected, the screen
"Select Local Package Directory" prompts the user as follows:
Select a directory where you want Setup to store the installation
downloads. The directory will be created if it does not already
The prompt didn't (doesn't) make sense in the context of a local directory
install. The first few times I ran it, I interpreted this prompt to mean
"select a directory where you want Setup to store the installation files
_generates_". I took it to mean (1) Setup needed a place to write
installation log files; and (2) I would be prompted later for the
containing all the packages I downloaded (or else Setup had already found
them). Consequently, I gave Setup a path to a new directory and picked
Setup died with the infamous Application Error dialog, stating:
The instruction at "0x00485fbd" referenced memory at "0x00000000".
The memory could not be "written".
[FYI - the setup logs showed nothing unusual, post-mortem. I did notice
new (mostly empty) cygwin registry entries were created.]
A few false starts later, I figured out what Setup wanted; namely, the
directory where I had placed all the downloaded packages. They installed
My suggestion is twofold: First, I'd change the prompt to make it more
Unfortunately, it's a bit of a pain to change this dependent on installation
Anyone got a any good ideas how to phrase this so it will cater to both
download and local modes?
Second, I'd handle an honest mistake (like mine) a bit
Bug reproduced, thanks for the report.