EOL for Windows 95/98/Me

Igor Peshansky pechtcha@cs.nyu.edu
Mon Feb 12 15:52:00 GMT 2007


On Mon, 12 Feb 2007, Corinna Vinschen wrote:

> On Feb 12 10:08, Igor Peshansky wrote:
> > On Mon, 12 Feb 2007, Corinna Vinschen wrote:
> > > On Feb 12 09:44, Igor Peshansky wrote:
> > > > On Mon, 12 Feb 2007, Pierre A. Humblet wrote:
> > > >
> > > > > Would anybody consider modifying  setup to refuse (or warn against)
> > > > > downloading an incompatible cygwin.dll on WinX machines?
> > > >
> > > > That would require modifying the setup.ini format to reflect the expected
> > > > target OS -- unless you're thinking about special-casing just the "cygwin"
> > > > package.
> > >
> > > We're talking about splitting off a separate 9x distro tree which sticks
> > > to using 1.5.x.  No changes to setup.ini necessary.
> >
> > Right, that makes sense, as cygwin is not forward-compatible.  So the
> > packages will need to be either frozen or built against both the 9x branch
> > and the main trunk.  So you're thinking about 2 sets of mirrors...  But
> > then each set will need some way of identifying the OS it's targeting
> > (because people may have stale custom mirror URLs in their setup, and then
> > setup would have no way of warning them that they are about to install the
> > wrong Cygwin version).
>
> http://cygwin.com/ml/cygwin-developers/2007-02/msg00018.html ?
>
> The 9x mirror gets setup-9x.exe, the normal mirror gets setup.exe.
> The first refuses to work on NT, the second refuses to work on 9x.
> I don't see any reason to make this matter more complicated.

The problem is that if setup-9x inherits a mirror URL from the previous
setup, that URL may be pointing to a non-9x mirror.  We'll need some sort
of sanity check, a way to distinguish 9x mirrors from the non-9x mirrors,
so that setup-9x can warn the user that she's about to install the wrong
versions of the packages.
	Igor
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