[HEADSUP] Base category

Corinna Vinschen corinna-cygwin@cygwin.com
Wed Dec 10 12:32:00 GMT 2014

On Dec 10 12:48, Peter Rosin wrote:
> On 2014-12-10 10:54, Corinna Vinschen wrote:
> > Did you (and Ken) get me wrong, by any chance?
> > 
> > What I was trying to say is *not* to remove the dependency dialog.  What
> > I was trying to say is *only* to remove the check box in that dialog,
> > which allows to install the selected packages without their dependencies.
> > Just this check box.
> > 
> > Such a check-box, or its equivalent on the command line, doesn't exist
> > in other installers either.  Giving the choice to install without the
> > dependencies is in 99% of the cases wrong.
> > 
> > If you install package A on Fedora, the installer will tell you it has
> > to install packages B, C, and D, to fullfill the dependencies for A.
> > The choice you have is to install A, B, C and D, or nothing at all.
> > There's no choice to install package A alone, which is what this
> > check box allows.
> > 
> > Again, the dialog itself is fine.  The choice to install without the
> > deps usually is not.  *Iff* it's fine, then only for users who know
> > what they are doing.
> > 
> > As for the dialog itself, I just think it would make sense to fullfil
> > deps of Base packages automatically.  If the user chooses to install
> > other packages outside Base, and these packages have additional deps,
> > then *of course* the additional deps should show up in that dialog.
> > 
> > Does that clarify what I mean?  I'm sorry if my original mail was
> > unclear.
> >From time to time, I have a lot of Cygwin processes that I do not feel
> like terminating, but I still would like to install or update one
> specific Cygwin tool. I use "Keep" in the setup gui for this, and then
> pick the specific thing I need (which usually do not interfere with
> anything else). However, with the setup dependency tracker not
> differentiating between last/prev dependencies (and I dare not even
> think of deps of old packages which are no longer available in setup)
> this action usually brings up a hefty list of false dependencies.
> I would like to still be able to pick a single new package and leave
> the rest as is, and I would like to NOT be required to download the
> latest setup and run it using some newfangled command line option for
> this. It is very nice to be able run the lastest setup with a few
> clicks on the web-site.

Sigh.  Suggestion retracted.


Corinna Vinschen                  Please, send mails regarding Cygwin to
Cygwin Maintainer                 cygwin AT cygwin DOT com
Red Hat
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