Ok. I give. We need a way to install snapshots via setup.exe.

Christopher Faylor cgf-no-personal-reply-please@cygwin.com
Sun Jun 12 22:54:00 GMT 2005

On Sun, Jun 12, 2005 at 02:14:59AM -0500, Gary R. Van Sickle wrote:
>> Gary R. Van Sickle wrote:
>> > I have a non-setup, single-click method of installing 
>> snapshots that 
>> > I've used for quite a while, if that's of any interest.
>> How can we possibly know whether it is of interest if you 
>> don't tell us anything about it?
>- It's not setup based.
>- It's single-click.
>- I've used it personally for quite a while.
>It's a magical Windows batch/Perl script combo in a single file.  You run
>it, it uses Perl to scan the snapshot HTML page for the latest one,
>downloads the .tar.bz using wget, untars everything using tar, and with some
>batch file sleight of hand replaces cygwin1.dll.  No options or anything,
>zero interactivity, but it's been extremely reliable for me, and I use it
>all the time (i.e. just about daily).  I've posted it to one of the lists
>before, but I'm sure I've updated it since then with better error handling
>I don't know what level of user Chris had in mind when he posited the
>original query, but any potential user of this (awesome) script would have
>to be sharp enough to know what to do if the latest snapshot, say, broke
>perl.  I.e., run setup and install the release version of the DLL.  It's
>rare that this happens, but it does happen on occasion.

I think this would be adequate for my purposes.  I just want something
which decreases the barrier to someone installing a snapshot.

Do you want to post the script?


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