setup.exe handles same packages in multiple mirrors badly

Andrey Repin
Tue Aug 26 10:05:00 GMT 2014

Greetings, Corinna Vinschen!

>> If you ask me, Setup is long overdue for a complete replacement.
>> It "don't have" so many things other package managers allow, that I don't even
>> know, where to start. Meta dependencies? Suggestions? Virtual packages?

> The problem is not that we don't know this, the problem is, as so often,
> that we only have a handful of active developers at all, and nobody
> having the time nor inclination to work on setup to keep it ahead of
> time.

Apology again. :( At 5am brain want only one thing. And it's not "writhing
comprehensive posts".
I was intent on clarifying your point, but brain said "BED!" and legs

> Setup was a wonderful idea, way back when it has been created, but the
> vintage charm of its Y2K roots are a bit depressing these days.

> So, if anybody wants to take a stab at setup and revamp it, feel free.
> The only requirements are, it should still be able to utilize the
> setup.ini file created on, it should still be able to work
> the mirror list provided by, and it should still provide a
> GUI and a command line.  Everything else is open for renewal.

You might add "should be native application" and "should compile with Cygwin
provided toolchain". 
Else it'll be an unbearable nightmare to support.

Andrey Repin ( 26.08.2014, <13:49>

Sorry for my terrible english...

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