Updated: 1.7.0-34 (...and a plea)

Christopher Faylor cgf-use-the-mailinglist-please@cygwin.com
Tue Dec 9 15:02:00 GMT 2008

On Tue, Dec 09, 2008 at 06:46:53AM -0800, Brian Dessent wrote:
>Corinna Vinschen wrote:
>> Uh, I just remembered something I forgot so far.  We don't even need two
>> setup.exe versions.  Setup-1.7 decides which setup ini file to use
>> dependent on the Windows version.  NTs get setup-2.ini, 9Xes get
>> setup.ini.  It even changes its layout a bit.  For instance, for 9Xes
>> you still get the choice of text/bin mounts, for NTs you don't.  So we
>> really only need a single setup.exe in future, AFAICS :)
>Right, and since the 'release/' part is all in the .ini file anyway
>setup.exe doesn't actually need to be changed at all to do the
>switchover, it can be controlled entirely on sourceware just by telling
>upset which release dir goes with which ini file.
>Here's my question: Do we really need to inflict this 8.7GB of churn[1]
>on every mirror just for what seems to me to be a cosmetic reason for
>wanting the directory name to be "release/"?  Can't we just say that
>release-2/ is now what the dir is called and move on?  In other words,
>the switchover procedure would be "mv setup-1.7.exe setup.exe".

I was thinking of the people who have been conditioned to think that
they should download from the release area if they want to get the
latest packages.  There is many years worth of expectations there and I
think it's worth a little mirror churning.


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