setup.exe and release messages

Ralph Hempel
Tue Jul 21 19:51:00 GMT 2009

Christopher Faylor wrote:

> I've been thinking about adding some way of reviewing documentation from
> setup.exe, just like every other installer in the world.  But, that's not
> quite what you're talking about.  I think you want to display something
> before the user makes a decision.

What about the four people in the world that use the command-line
options to setup.exe ?

Do we need to add a new option to put those messages into a
release notes file somewhere?

While it's not as manly as entering code using front panel switches, I
often do a download to local filesystem, then install from local
filesystem. I'm not sure why anymore.

> We could add this to the setup.ini file and make it per-package so that
> caveats or announcements show up on the next screen after the packages
> are selected.

And when a major change happens, the user has to click though n>9
dialog boxes saying

"Pay Attention - if you blindly click through this dialog box an
   angry hippo will eat your mount points and you'll have to come
   crawling to the mailing list to find out why"

> The other thing I've always thought about is adding a way to display
> the cygwin-announce messages in setup.exe so that people could know
> the reason for a change.

Maybe upgrading packages should be more complicated so that
users would read the manual. Or maybe not upgrade as often.


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