Quick question

Randall R Schulz rrschulz@cris.com
Sun Dec 8 14:56:00 GMT 2002


"Stop the world. I want to get off."

It's a losing game. It's more likely your code is dependent on a bug that 
got fixed than it is that a new bug was introduced. If it is the latter, 
then whoever maintains the package with the bug will probably be happy to 
apply a fix and to help in diagnosing and crafting that fix, if necessary. 
It's always nice when those who discover problems report them to facilitate 
the improvement of the software.

While it's commendable to craft work-arounds when necessary, it's also 
advisable to consult with others before concluding that a work-around (or 
atavism) is needed.

It's never a good strategy to anchor yourself to a particular release in 
this way. Better to find the real problem and the proper fix and make your 
own code and / or the Cygwin code (or the baseline code) better in the long 

By the way, what is this business of putting individuals' names into a 
cygwin@cygwin.com email address? I think that's a pretty questionable 
tactic. I doubt Chris Faylor equates himself with the Cygwin project no 
matter how much of his professional effort is devoted to it. Similarly, 
putting a user's name into the Cygwin mailing list address hardly seems 

Lastly, we encourage people to follow the intelligent question-asking 
practices outlined in 
<http://www.tuxedo.org/~esr/faqs/smart-questions.html>. In particular, 
"Quick question" is a poor subject header becuase it says nothing about the 
question being asked. I'm sure a majority of the questions asked here are 
(or were deemed by their asker) to be "quick."

Randall Schulz
Mountain View, CA USA

At 13:50 2002-12-08, Pete Gonzalez wrote:
>I want to create a Cygwin install using the old package versions from
>the Cygwin DLL 1.3.10 release.  (Basically I'm having problems with
>a GCC cross-compiler that built correctly back in March, and I think
>the culprit is one of the updated Cygwin packages.)  Is it possible
>to get a copy of the old distribution?

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