Possible changes to setup.exe interface and name

Christopher Faylor cgf-use-the-mailinglist-please@cygwin.com
Fri Sep 21 02:04:00 GMT 2012

On Fri, Sep 21, 2012 at 01:21:23AM +0200, Michael Benford wrote:
>On Thu, 20 Sep 2012 19:39:50 +0200, Christopher Faylor wrote:
>> 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.
>I'm basically offering to turn setup.exe into a package manager. setup.exe
>would need to auto detect the current state of installation and should
>have a command line argument to force a new install.

I don't know what "force a new install" means but setup.exe is already a
package manager.  People aren't clamoring for more screens.  They are really
clamoring for a more command-line-driven capability.

>>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.
>I will search the mailing lists.  If you could also send me a specific
>email, mailing list and/or date to look at it would be appreciated.

I don't keep this type of information at the tip of my fingers.  Sorry.


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