Why does setup insist on trying to install colordiff?

Charles Wilson cygwin@cwilson.fastmail.fm
Fri Feb 29 09:21:00 GMT 2008

Kostya Altukhov wrote:
> I've actually looked in setup.exe source and I found this piece of code:
>     if (installed
>         || categories.find ("Base") != categories.end ()
>         || categories.find ("Misc") != categories.end ())
>     {
>         desired = default_version;
> So by default setup attempts to install all packages in categories
> Base and Misc. Why category Misc is treated as required? Maybe it
> should be removed from this 'if'. But that requires changing
> setup.exe, so the simplest fix would be just to change the category
> for colordiff from Misc to Utils (like it was in the ITP).

It's done this way, because if you run setup.exe and choose "install 
form local" where
  1) the local directory you use is NOT a website mirror nor a typical 
setup-generated download dir with those funky 
http%3a%2f%2fmirror.calvin.edu%2fcygwin/ subdirectories.
  2) instead, the local directory is just a simple dir containing a 
jumble of tarballs.
  3) and there is no setup.ini in sight

Then, setup pretends that all of the tarballs are in the Misc category, 
and offers to install them all.  This is probably what you wanted, 
right? Otherwise, why else did you select "install from <this 
particular> local directory"?

Changing this behavior would be bad -- BUT it also means that NO "real" 
package's setup.hint should EVER claim to be in Category Misc.  Misc is 


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