[ANN] Cygwin DEV survey

Stipe Tolj tolj@uni-duesseldorf.de
Wed Mar 31 19:45:00 GMT 1999

Smith, Martin wrote:
> > Is it wise to change this to binary for a'development'
> > > install or not?
> > 8<
> >
> > NO! The preferred method is text mounts.
> >
> Oops - fair enough, I wasn't sure :-) I guess this implies there are a few
> packages out there aren't properly ported?

that's right. Some porters ease their porting efforts by switching to
binary mounts and hence don't keep track of file IO.

> An automated install tool (like InstallShield) should be able to detect
> which OS the software is being installed on and set up the appropriate
> settings for each. I take the point though that this might not cover all
> cases adequately.

InstallShield will set up all required env vars as much as the users
selects the packages to install. Hence a software detection for the
system is not that much necessary.

> [Martin]  In theory an installer could ask the user what they wanted set up
> but, in practice, I agree this would probably be too much hassle. I
> certainly wouldn't recommend a windows installer as a panacea for all
> installation issues !

it will be capable of allowing to select packages not such dependency
checks as YaST from SuSE can do.

> True, all the tools in one place sounds handy :-) And, as you say, as long
> as people realise that this method of installation may not suit their
> particular needs then there's no problem...



Stipe Tolj <tolj@uni-duesseldorf.de>
Cygwin Porting Project
Department of Economical Computer Science        
University of Cologne, Germany                  

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