Drop textmode from setup?

Gary R. Van Sickle g.r.vansickle@worldnet.att.net
Fri Sep 9 01:56:00 GMT 2005

> From:  Corinna Vinschen
> Sent: Wednesday, September 07, 2005 3:36 AM
> To: cygwin-apps@cygwin.com
> Subject: Drop textmode from setup?
> I mean it!
> I don't want to drop textmode support from Cygwin(*), but why 
> do we still give the user the choice in the first place?  If 
> the user can't choose textmode in the base installation, we 
> will have a lot more sane binmode installations in future and 
> people will use textmode only if they (think they) know what 
> they are doing.

I've always seen it the opposite way: only use binary mounts if you know
what you're doing, otherwise you'll constantly have two problems:

- Text files created by Cygwin programs will trip up many native programs.
- Text files created by native Windows programs will almost certainly trip
up Cygwin programs.

The second has historically been a much bigger problem for me than the
first, so I've been using text mounts forever.

> At least, it's about time to publish the latest setup version 
> with the improved interface which very explicit recommends UNIX mode.

Unless the Unix world has turned from its evil ways while I wasn't looking,
I don't see how that makes sense.  Didn't we just go through a bunch of
hassle because tar (*tar* of all gotta-have-it-working-and-solid programs)
was trying to read everything as a text file (i.e. "r")?
> Venting,
> Corinna

You don't hate the "\n/\r\n/\r/whatever" problem half as much as I do, but I
just don't see how binary mounts are a good idea for the "newbie" Cygwinner.

Gary R. Van Sickle

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