why does setup keep trying to install non-required packages?

Corinna Vinschen corinna-cygwin@cygwin.com
Mon Aug 12 09:33:00 GMT 2013

On Aug 11 09:41, Ken Brown wrote:
> On 8/11/2013 3:16 AM, Andrew Schulman wrote:
> >Fairly often when I run setup just for updates, it selects new packages for
> >installation that I haven't selected and that aren't required by any of my
> >other packages.
> >
> >Right now setup wants to install the login package.  I didn't select it,
> >and if I unselect it the installation continues without any problem. It
> >happened in setup-x86, and now setup-x86_64 wants to do it too.  I try to
> >keep my installation slim, so I don't want setup to add new packages that
> >aren't required and that I didn't select.
> >
> >Has anyone else observed this?  Know the reason?  Are they new packages,
> >and setup assumes I want all new packages?
> login is in the Base category and so is installed by default.  It
> was only recently added to the 64-bit distro, but I think it's been
> in x86 for a long time.  The files on sourceware date from 2009.
> As far as I know, only things in Base and Misc (and their
> dependencies) get installed by default.  (And packages in Misc are
> usually there by mistake, because a maintainer forgot to provide a
> setup.hint.)  I haven't observed any exceptions to this.

Usually only Base and dependencies shoud be installed by default,
not Misc.  Or did I miss something?


Corinna Vinschen                  Please, send mails regarding Cygwin to
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