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Author Topic: cygwin command line arguments and apt-cyg  (Read 4998 times)


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cygwin command line arguments and apt-cyg
« on: June 24, 2011, 11:18 PM »
Trying to automate cygwin + related package installation and noticed that recent versions of cygwin's setup.exe appear to support command line arguments:

Command Line Options:
 -A --disable-buggy-antivirus           Disable known or suspected buggy antivirus software packages during execution.
 -C --categories                        Specify entire categories to install
 -D --download                          Download from internet
 -d --no-desktop                        Disable creation of desktop shortcut
 -h --help                              print help
 -K --pubkey                            URL of extra public key file (gpg format)
 -L --local-install                     Install from local directory
-l --local-package-dir                 Local package directory
-n --no-shortcuts                      Disable creation of desktop and start menu shortcuts
 -N --no-startmenu                      Disable creation of start menu shortcut
 -O --only-site                         Ignore all sites except for -s
-P --packages                          Specify packages to install
 -p --proxy                             HTTP/FTP proxy (host:port)
-q --quiet-mode                        Unattended setup mode
 -r --no-replaceonreboot                Disable replacing in-use files on next reboot.
-R --root                              Root installation directory
 -S --sexpr-pubkey                      Extra public key in s-expr format
-s --site                              Download site
 -U --keep-untrusted-keys               Use untrusted keys and retain all
 -u --untrusted-keys                    Use untrusted keys from last-extrakeys
 -X --no-verify                         Don't verify setup.ini signatures


Also came across apt-cyg:

apt-cyg is a command-line installer for Cygwin which cooperates with Cygwin Setup and uses the same repository. The syntax is similar to apt-get. Usage examples:

    "apt-cyg install <package names>" to install packages
    "apt-cyg remove <package names>" to remove packages


apt-cyg seems to need wget, bzip2, tar, and gawk to function and appears to be a bash script so installed cygwin first via cmd.exe with:

setup.exe -q -n -R C:\apps\cygwin -l C:\apps\cygwin -s -P wget,bzip2,tar,gawk,subversion

no luck with long options
At least not via cmd.exe.

Didn't succeed in finding a way to remove packages via setup.exe's command line arguments, but apt-cyg has a 'remove' option :)

Tested with setup.exe 1.7.9-1 and apt-cyg 0.57 (obtained from svn).
« Last Edit: June 25, 2011, 12:53 AM by ewemoa »