prelim FAQ update: Installation Instructions

David Starks-Browning
Thu Jun 1 08:41:00 GMT 2000

On Wednesday 31 May 00, DJ Delorie writes:
> > All mounts are binary by default.
> For re-installs, mounts will default to the previous state of the root
> mount.  For new installs (i.e. no previous cygwin on the *system*)
> binary is the default.  The user is given the option of selecting text
> or binary, or accepting the default.

OK, I've hinted at this in the current draft, for preview again at
< >.  I'll revisit the
text when the new setup.exe is available.

(Or I could add a "forward-looking statements" disclaimer at the
bottom of the FAQ. :-)

> > Could you add a strong recommendation to use a directory like
> > c:\cygwin as the root rather than specifying something like c:\ ?
> The new setup will print this recommendation, and will require
> additional confirmation before using a drive's root as the install
> root.

Good idea.  While I was playing around with setup on a test machine,
trying different things, I found that Setup would provide C:\ as a
default root under certain circumstances, generally when the previous
Setup attempt was aborted (^C).  It looked like registry entries were
created, but perhaps not populated correctly.  This scenario might be
confusing to a new user.  Can Setup avoid it somehow?  (This was
Win98, BTW.)

> > You refer to "the empty directory" under "Internet installation with
> > setup.exe".  Shouldn't that be "an empty directory"?
> The new setup will check the current directory, and warn of dangers
> and require confirmation before proceeding in a non-empty directory.
> Internet installs only, of course.

Again, will the README file from 'latest' be permitted here?


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