Installing new versions of vim doesn't uninstall old versions

Larry Hall (Cygwin)
Thu Nov 11 21:21:00 GMT 2010

On 11/11/2010 3:29 PM, Christopher Faylor wrote:
> On Thu, Nov 11, 2010 at 01:57:57PM -0500, Larry Hall (Cygwin) wrote:
>> On 11/11/2010 1:45 PM, Ren?? Berber wrote:
>>> On 11/11/2010 12:21 PM, Larry Hall (Cygwin) wrote:
>>>> On 11/11/2010 1:07 PM, Harrington, John wrote:
>>>>> I recently had a problem with vim that was the result of my unwittingly
>>>>> having two previous versions of vim in my /usr/bin.  Is it normal for the
>>>>> cygwin installer not to delete or clobber the previous versions?  I'm not
>>>>> sure what I did wrong, if anything, in updating my cygwin installation.
>>>> Probably just a local glitch.  We haven't seen other reports of this,
>>>> though
>>>> that could just mean that no one else has noticed.
>>> Actually there are many reports, its not just vim, similar reports have
>>> been made about ssh, and checking for un-installed updates showed other
>>> cases.
>>> setup.exe just leaves<you-name-it> (or and the change
>>> never happens.
>>> It may have been one of the old versions of setup, I don't know, some
>>> upgrades do happen correctly when an old one is still there, and left there.
>> Yeah, maybe that explains this one too.  If John was using 'vim.exe' when he
>> did an update, then this could be the result.  But there is no vim-specific
>> issue here.
> And, of course, if anyone can provide a clearly-failing test case we'll fix
> the problem in setup.exe.

But this would make any existing work-arounds obsolete.  I think we need to
consider issues of backward bug compatibility before we blindly go fixing
'setup.exe'. ;-)

Larry Hall                    
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A: Yes.
> Q: Are you sure?
>> A: Because it reverses the logical flow of conversation.
>>> Q: Why is top posting annoying in email?

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