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Re: Setup: lesson learned and suggestion
- From: Dave <d_inabox at yahoo dot com>
- To: cygwin-apps at cygwin dot com
- Date: Wed, 26 Jan 2005 17:26:13 -0800 (PST)
- Subject: Re: Setup: lesson learned and suggestion
> From: "Max Bowsher" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> To: "Dameron, Gregg" <email@example.com>,
> Subject: Re: Setup: lesson learned and suggestion
> Date: Wed, 26 Jan 2005 15:57:49 -0000
> Dameron, Gregg wrote:
> > Running setup.exe version 2.427 on Windows 2000.
> > When the option "Install from Local Directory" is selected, the screen
> > titled
> > "Select Local Package Directory" prompts the user as follows:
> > Select a directory where you want Setup to store the installation
> > files it
> > downloads. The directory will be created if it does not already
> > exist.
> > 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
> > it
> > _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
> > directory
> > 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
> > Next.
> > 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
> > that
> > 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
> > without incident.
> > My suggestion is twofold: First, I'd change the prompt to make it more
> > context-appropriate.
> 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?
How about something like "Select local package cache directory"?
Might also try and provide an explantaion in a tooltip...
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