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Re: Why the rash of people bypassing setup.exe to install?

> On Fri, 14 Feb 2003, Christopher Faylor wrote:
> > I tried an experiment recently where I turned on ftp access to the
> > cygwin download directory on  The result seemed
> > to be that people started downloading cygwin's package .tar.bz2 files
> > directly and (somehow) used tar to extract files rather than running
> > setup.exe.
> >
> > So, that experiment was a bad idea.  I turned off access again.  Yet, I
> > still have the feeling that many people are downloading packages
> > directly (from mirrors I suppose) and then we get to experience the
> > maddening "I downloaded foo and it gives me an error about missing bar.
> > What in the world could possibly be the problem????"
> >
> > Can anyone offer any explanation about this?  Or maybe convince me that
> > I'm wrong in noticing this trend?  I suppose that it is possible that
> > we are now hitting a newer stupider brand of user who just can't be
> > bothered to read the cygwin web site and click on a link to download
> > but I'm wondering if there is another explanation.  Maybe there is
> > a popular web page out there with wrong advice or something...
> >
> > cgf
> Well, guess what comes up first on a Google search for "cygwin install"?
> See for yourself: <> (just in
> case, the first match I get is
> last updated on March 24, 2000). :-(
> I don't know if there's anything that can be done about it, though...

Well, Gary (Gary R. Van Sickle) is the maintainer of that page, so....


Elfyn McBratney

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