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RE: Problem uninstalling/deleting cygwin

At 01:34 PM 1/25/2005, Dave Korn wrote:

>> This subject is really off-topic for this list.  The "cygwin 
>> time machine" is not a service supported by this list.  
>  Larry, you're being too harsh there!  The "how to uninstall" procedure is
>standard advice and fully backwardly compatible.  If we would give the uninstall
>advice to someone who never upgraded beyone 1.3.x, there's no reason not to give
>it to someone who has downgraded; we wouldn't tell the first person "Oh,
>uninstalling 1.3.x is not supported, so first update your entire installation to
>1.5.12, then follow this procedure.....", now would we?

No, that's true.  The uninstall procedure is documented in the FAQ.  
Anyone that wants it can find it there.  But I didn't read Neven's
request as a simple inquiry of how to uninstall Cygwin (which the 
FAQ does cover) but rather how do I fix this now that I installed 
an old version from the "cygwin time mmachine" and trying to uninstall 
it didn't work.  I don't know why Neven had a problem but if the 
prescribed approach given by the FAQ didn't work for him, then it
seems reasonable to consult Peter's site with further questions.  
While I would agree that we cannot say that we don't support uninstalling
of old versions, Neven says that he installed some old version over his
current, which really isn't a supported option for Cygwin setup.  There's
the ability to downgrade an existing installation to the version just
previous or there's the ability to install the previous version for the 
first time.  But installing a previous version over a current installation
isn't a recommended way of using setup even if you're not using the 
"cygwin time machine".  And if you are, well then there's a whole set 
of variations and options available that were not there heretofore.
This is the reason I directed Neven back to Peter's site.  Clearly,
though, if Neven and others that use the "cygwin time machine" can get 
what they need from the web pages to help them with any problems 
they have after using the "cygwin time machine", then that's great.  But 
my position is that folks that have a problem after using Peter's site need
to consult Peter, at least at first, the same as any other 3rd party site.
Obviously, those who disagree with me are still free to answer the 
inevitable posts that we'll get here about the "cygwin time machine" 
anyway.  With any luck, those posts will be few and far between so there
will be little need to discuss how much noise of this kind is too much.

Larry Hall                    
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