Install problem with latest cygwin

Ken Brown
Mon Aug 26 16:46:00 GMT 2013

On 8/26/2013 11:52 AM, Larry Hall (Cygwin) wrote:
> On 8/26/2013 5:05 AM, Allan Chandler wrote:
>> I've been running CygWin on my Win7-64 laptop for some time and I
>> recently
>> decided to update to the latest packages, mainly because there's a bucket
>> load more stuff in there.
>> I renamed my cygwin directory to get it out of the way and downloaded/ran
>> setup-x86.exe. Selected ALL packages for download with no install and let
>> it run overnight.
>> The following day, I ran setup again and opted to install from the local
>> directory. This went well, right up to the post-install section where
>> I got
>> "Cannot locate cygncursesw-10.dll"-type dialog boxes for each of several
>> dozen packages. I also get it when I try to run bash after exit.
>> I had a look into the \cygwin directory where everything was created and
>> there's no sign of this file (though it appears under my old version of
>> CygWin in /bin). In the local package area where I downloaded everything,
>> it appears to exist in the x86/release/Cygwin64/cygwin64-ncurses tar.bz2
>> file but nowhere else in the package area is there a file even containing
>> "ncur". So I'm wondering whether the fact that I'm running the x86
>> installer means I don't get that file. In which case, why are the
>> post-install scripts (and bash) trying to use it?
>> Has anyone else manages to install the latest CygWin on Win7 this way?
>> Can
>> anyone offer some advice on getting it to work?
> Using the package search available at, it appears to me that
> there has been a "hiccup" in the upload for this package.  Here are the
> results of searching for cygncursesw-10.dll under x86 and x86_64:
> x86:
>      x86/cygwin64-ncurses/cygwin64-ncurses-5.9-5
>      x86/libncursesw10/libncursesw10-5.7-18
> x86_64:
>      x86_64/cygwin32-ncurses/cygwin32-ncurses-5.7-1
>      x86_64/libncursesw10/libncursesw10-5.9-4
>      x86_64/ncurses-debuginfo/ncurses-debuginfo-5.9-4
> Note that the 64-bit version is also listed under the 32-bit
> installation and vice-versa.  And this doesn't seem quite right.

It's for cross-compiling, in case you want to build a 64-bit application 
under 32-bit Cygwin (and vice versa).


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