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setup.exe : nice in theory, not-so-clever in practice!
- To: <cygwin at cygwin dot com>
- Subject: setup.exe : nice in theory, not-so-clever in practice!
- From: "Joe" <joe at speedtrap dot freeserve dot co dot uk>
- Date: Sat, 7 Apr 2001 17:47:27 +0100
This feedback comes from a longtime Cygwin user, until recently using B19.
>From the FAQ:
>>Unlike previous net releases such as B20.1 and earlier, there is no
>>"full" or "usertools" installation. Rather, you can pick and choose the
>>you wish to install, and update them individually.
Sorry, I *want* a monolithic installer!!! We used to have one with B19, and
I would like it back! Please! :)
Now, I appreciate that a lot of work has gone into setup.exe, that it's very
cleverly done, and that it's new and interesting compared to "boring"
traditional installers. But that doesn't stop it being a bad idea. I just
want to download a single installer, run it, and install.
Drawbacks of setup.exe:
* Separate TCP/IP connections have to be established for each component that
is downloaded. The speed of a TCP/IP connection typically increases during
its lifetime. By using lots of shortlived connections rather than a single
long one, you throw away this benefit.
* If network problems occur during the installation, you have a
* If at a subsequent time you wish to reinstall the same version of Cygwin,
the means of doing this is far from clear.
People use "monolithic" installers for a reason. They're atomic (i.e. a
single file), easy to move from one place to another on your file system,
easy to manage, and easy to understand. I do believe the phrase "too clever
by half" applies to your installer!!!
By all means keep the new system, but *please* could you reinstate the
option of a monolithic installer too???
Please take these comments in the spirit of constructive criticism! :)
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