Cygwin question

Tony Baechler tony at
Fri Jan 30 18:13:04 UTC 2009

alex wallis wrote:
> You can do things like:
> setup -q -n -D -L %SITE% %LOCALDIR% %PACKAGES%
> if you set up environment variables for SITE, LOCALDIR, and
> Note that PACKAGES should be a comma separated list of packages
> you want to install with NO SPACES between entries.
> All the dependencies ar looked after automagically.

> first off, does anyone no what that first lot of command line switches 
> do before the % bits where you have to enter the various options?

Since 1.7 is a test release, I doubt if anyone knows besides the 
developers.  Have you read the 1.7 user's guide?  Links can be found in 
the mailing list archives.  There is a big html file and smaller files.  
I'd think that would list what the command line switches do.

> also, rightly or wrongly, I have tried entering the info about the 
> packages I want to download into a shortcut I created to the cygwin 
> setup on my desktop, along with all the info for the mirror site I 
> want to use, and the local folder. the setup runs, and it seems to 
> download the base set of packages no problem, but it completely 
> ignores the list of custom packages I have entered. does anyone have 
> any thoughts why this might be?

Did you set the environment variables like it says above?  Did you try 
from a command prompt with them set?  You're aware that Windows has a 
limit on length of command lines, right?  What if you install them in 
smaller chunks instead of all at once?  You didn't list what OS you're 
using, so there might be a Vista limitation, especially if you're not 
the administrator.  If you've tried everything including setting the env 
vars and followed any instructions in the manual and it still doesn't 
work, file a bug.  After all, it is still a test release and things ard 
bound not to work, especially in Vista and 2003/2008 server.

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