Possible changes to setup.exe interface and name

Christopher Faylor cgf-use-the-mailinglist-please@cygwin.com
Thu Sep 20 17:40:00 GMT 2012

On Thu, Sep 20, 2012 at 06:26:01PM +0200, Michael Benford wrote:
>On Thu, 20 Sep 2012 17:58:42 +0200, Eric Blake wrote:
>>On 09/20/2012 09:11 AM, Michael Benford wrote:
>>>I would like to change the setup.exe so that it loads the package
>>>selection page when it starts.  And only runs the wizard when a current
>>>installation of the current version is not detected.
>>Indeed - having the ability to skip past the 6 'Next' buttons for a
>>repeated run after cygwin is already installed seems useful; but you
>>still have to make it possible for the user to rerun the intro screens
>>rather than hard-coding it to only start at the package selection page
>>(since the intro screens are necessary for things like choosing a
>>different mirror).  Probably the easiest approach is to add a new
>>command line option that can be used to skip the intro screens, and
>>then users can script things with a batch file or by modifying the
>>Windows shortcut to the actual setup.exe binary to add the option,
>>although that will still require some user intervention rather than
>>happening automatically.
>I would implement a configuration panel that is accessible from the
>package selection page.(i have developed a button table mini
>application for launching other application with hard coded
>command-line arguments using only win32)

I'd rather just start with a command-line option than adding a whole new
screen to setup.exe.

>>>The file name setup.exe is ambiguous if stored in a folder with other
>>>application installation files.  I suggest using the file name
>>>cygpac.exe and application name Cygwin package manager.
>>Won't happen.  You are free to download the file and rename it
>>yourself, but people have come to expect the name of the file that they
>>download to originally be named setup.exe, and every time this topic
>>has come up in the past, it has been rejected.
>I would like to put it to a vote.  If you vote please state why you
>chose that position.

Sorry.  This isn't a democracy.  We're not changing the name.  This has
come up before.  I'm sure you can find past discussions on this issue if
you search.


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