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Re: 1.7.20: cygicons-0.dll has gone missing

On 6/28/2013 6:16 AM, Andrey Repin wrote:
The cygutils package was recently split into cygutils-extra and
cygutils-x11.  Install cygutils-extra.

Doesn't this suggest that cygicons-0.dll should be included
in the base cygwin package?

base does not needs icons, so in IMHO no.

That's a bit flawed line, IMO.
Default install should put user's system in a consistent working order.
Missing icons is not something I would call "consistent".

What part of a default install [1] *requires* icons from cygicon-0.dll? Now, if you're talking about updating an existing cygwin installation via setup.exe [with no special package selection], then yeah -- this is a *known* breakage. But it's better than the previous *known issue* where a default "Base" install [1] would pull in python and bits of X11. THAT is what this packaging change was intended to fix, and because we did so deliberately in order to break requires: dependencies, we couldn't very well avoid the problem you see by adding those same requires: dependencies right back.

Summary: READ the cygwin-announce list. Always. KNOW what you're doing when you upgrade. AND, if you didn't do that...when you see an error due to a "routine upgrade"...go back and DO read that list.

[1] And by "default install" I mean "new installation of cygwin, using setup.exe, on a virgin system that has never before had cygwin installed", where NO special package selection is made. E.g. a "Base" installation.

And really, missing icons doesn't break a darn thing. It just makes things look less pretty, temporarily, until you manually install the correct package.


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