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Installation without network connection
- From: Greg Youngdahl <gyoungdahl at sbcglobal dot net>
- To: cygwin at cygwin dot com
- Date: Tue, 27 Dec 2005 11:43:02 -0600
- Subject: Installation without network connection
My first message to the list... though I've used cygwin in the past. I
searched for answers though I came up with nothing definitive. Seems
like it should be a FAQ issue, but it wasn't there.
My situation is that I have a PC (WinXP), but it does not have any
network connection (on purpose). So, I'd like to use my Linux system
(from where I'm composing and sending this message) to grab an
appropriate subset of the Cygwin DLL and utilities (at least enough to
allow me to create my own custom automated backup procedures, using
something along the lines of piping the output of find into a cpio
command) and transfer them to the Windows PC for installation. I saw
posts that alluded to downloading packages and burning them to a CD,
which seems like a reasonable way to deal with it, but no particular
specific information about how to do that (and the posts were several
years old anyway).
I saw on the RedHat cygwin page some sort of instructions that seemed
promising until they had several bold print lines added saying that
parts of it don't work anymore and/or have been removed from public
availability, but with nothing about how it should now be done.
So, can this still be accomplished? Is there some web page or other
document that explains how it should be done? If not - can someone help
me, and perhaps I can put together such a document? Perhaps it is
trivially easy, and I'm making a mountain out of a molehill? Maybe if I
could just find a mirror site and download a few things I'd be good to
go? If so, what would be a minimum set of files to download (setup.exe,
the cygwin.dll and enough packages to be able to have bash run 'find
<something> | cpio -pd...').
Secondly, the system of interest (my WinXP box) already has cygwin
installed (it has been there a while, and I no longer recall how I got
it there), but it is a 1.3 version of the cygwin.dll, and it doesn't
have cpio (it seems to have pretty much everything else I'd need), so
can I just upgrade that, or should I uninstall it and start again from
scratch? Perhaps all I really need to do is grab a cpio package and
install that. But...
The perplexing thing about this is that there is a setup.exe (somewhere
under C:\Windows\system32) that pops up a little window to tell me I
should use the control panel to do upgrades when I run it from bash
(typing setup.exe to a bash prompt). However there is nothing I can see
in the start->control panel for cygwin, nor anything under add-remove
programs associated with cygwin. So, I'm not really even sure if that
setup.exe is the one associated with cygwin. Perhaps the method I used
to install it way back when (potentially 3-4 years ago) did not involve
the new modern techniques?
FWIW, running a uname -a from the bash prompt results in:
CYGWIN_NT-5.1 HARRISON 1.3.14(0.62/3/2) 2002-10-24 10:48 i686 unknown
Thanks for any help,
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