x86/ -> ./ symlink

Corinna Vinschen corinna-cygwin@cygwin.com
Sun Jun 30 09:38:00 GMT 2013

On Jun 29 13:59, Christopher Faylor wrote:
> On Sat, Jun 29, 2013 at 12:46:00PM -0400, Christopher Faylor wrote:
> >On Sat, Jun 29, 2013 at 10:01:52AM +0200, Corinna Vinschen wrote:
> >>On Jun 24 19:52, Achim Gratz wrote:
> >>> 
> >>> May I suggest that this sort of link (and the similar one in
> >>> cygwinports) has potential to break mirror scripts in bad ways?  Not
> >>> quite as bad, but linking x86_64 -> 64bit also results in duplicates
> >>> that aren't serving a good purpose.
> >>
> >>The x86 symlink break the "Install from directory" function of
> >>setup.exe.  It runs into some endless loop.  If I remove the symlinks it
> >>works as usual.  I don't know why it does that at all.  It has no
> >>business reading these symlinks.  If nobody beats me to it, I'll
> >>investigate next week.
> >
> >Are you saying that this is happening with a CVS version of setup.exe?

No, this occurs with the current 2.774 version from the home page.

> >If not, it seems impossible that this symlink would cause an issue on a
> >local install.
> >
> >Or, maybe you're copying the whole release area to your work area as
> >you proposed in the cygwin list.

We're using a local mirror and "Install from directory" from the local
mirror for many, many years and it always worked fine.

> I didn't try to duplicate this but I did just move the symlink down a
> level.  There are now x86 and x86_64 directories containing symlinks
> to the respective release areas.  That is what it should have looked
> like.

This still doesn't work with the current 2.774.  For some reason it
tries to read *all* setup.ini files, the top level one, plus the two
in x86 and x86_64.

I just built and tried the CVS 2.802 version.  After pressing the
"Next" button in the "Select Local Package Directory" dialog, it hangs
for about 5 minutes, jumps over the progress page in then comes up
with a broken package list:

- Only one category called "Misc" containing all package.
- No short description column.
- It suggests to install all packages, rather than just to update
  the newer ones.

The 64 bit 2.802 executable SEGVs immediately at startup.

I'll just not debug this on Sunday.


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