Patch to pass file descriptors

Christopher Faylor
Sat Jun 29 11:22:00 GMT 2002

On Sat, Jun 29, 2002 at 10:01:28AM +0100, Conrad Scott wrote:
>Corinna's point raises the issue of what the future of cygserver is
>expected to be in Cygwin. Is it going to be installed by default, with
>programs being able to rely on it without question? or, as seems to be
>the attitude at the moment, is it going to remain an optional add-on,
>only run by those who need its "special" services?

You may be able to find cygserver discussion in the cygwin-developers

The bottom line is that I don't want to have to tell Red Hat's customers
to install a server component if they want to use cygwin.  I also don't
want to have to tell every person who wants to release a standalone
cygwin program that they have to copy around cygwin1.dll and
cygserver.exe, finding some way to start cygserver automatically.

So, cygserver will always be optional on my watch.

>I can see that it might well raise the complexity level of the setup
>program (apart from anything else) if Cygwin installs a service as
>part of the default installation (i.e. setup then has to stop the
>service before updating the DLL and then has to re-start the service
>or prompt the user to re-start their machine). But are there any other
>reasons why we wouldn't want cygserver to be a standard part of every
>Cygwin installation?

It should certainly be installed, and maybe we can add a question about
whether it should be started but I don't want to make it mandatory.


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