Cygwin question

Tom Masterson kd7cyu at
Fri Jan 30 20:37:30 UTC 2009

I doubt it.  You have to be using the 1.7 version which at least for me is 
setup-1.7.exe.  Then if you do setup-1.7.exe -h it looks like nothing 
happens but it does create the log files.  It is strange to say the least. 
I won't be near that computer again till Monday but I can paste the 
contents of the file into a message then.


On Fri, 30 Jan 2009, alex wallis wrote:

> hi.
> Am I being completely stupid? I no you said run setup from the command line, 
> however what I am doing simply starts the gui installer.
> I am going to run, then typing in command, and then going to the folder which 
> has setup.exe in and typing setup.exe
> the gui installer is then launched.
> am I being completely stupid?
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Tom Masterson" <kd7cyu at>
> To: "Linux for blind general discussion" <blinux-list at>
> Sent: Friday, January 30, 2009 6:25 PM
> Subject: Re: Cygwin question
>> If you run "setup-1.7 -h" from the commandline it will gnerate a log file 
>> and a .log.full file in the same directory.  These files will explain the 
>> command-line options.  Which are not the same as explained in the email. I 
>> still haven't gotten them to work 100% correctly but at least it is a 
>> start.  A better option would be to make the setup accessible but...
>> Tom
>> On Fri, 30 Jan 2009, Tony Baechler wrote:
>>> 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?
>>> Hi,
>>> 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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