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

Corinna Vinschen corinna-cygwin@cygwin.com
Mon Aug 12 11:16:00 GMT 2013

On Aug 12 07:10, Ken Brown wrote:
> On 8/12/2013 5:33 AM, Corinna Vinschen wrote:
> >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?
> We had problems with expat packages being installed by default
> because they were missing setup.hint files and therefore were put
> into Misc:
>   http://cygwin.com/ml/cygwin-apps/2013-04/msg00234.html
>   http://www.cygwin.com/ml/cygwin-apps/2013-07/msg00209.html
> Maybe I jumped to an incorrect conclusion, but that (and earlier
> instances of the same problem) made me think that Misc was installed
> by default.

Oh, right.  The setup sources seem to prove that point, too.


Corinna Vinschen                  Please, send mails regarding Cygwin to
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