Eric Lilja wrote:
> Hi, I tried the installer program for MinGW, the latest version I think
> it was (5.0.0). I told it to download only (tried several mirrors), and
> I wanted candidate versions of the base tools + the C++ compiler (g++).
> Here are the files and their versions it downloaded:
> binutils-2.16.91-20050827-1.tar.gz (this is the latest)
> gcc-core-3.4.4-20050522-1.tar.gz (latest is
> gcc-g++-3.4.4-20050522-1.tar.gz (latest is
> mingw-runtime-3.8.tar.gz (latest is mingw-runtime-3.9.tar.gz)
> w32api-3.3.tar.gz (latest is w32api-3.5.tar.gz)
Hmm. I can't use this version of the installer at all -- probably because
`wget' access to the mirrors is blocked from my workplace, by a corporate
firewall, (and since I use only GNU/Linux at home, I don't have the option
to test there).
> I know these can be obtained from the MingW homepage and probably be
> installed somehow, but I would like to know if I can get the installer
> to install the very latest candidate versions instead. Ideally, I would
> like to create an install-script that can install MinGW with the very
> latest versions without any user intervention because I'm making an
> installation disk for people who are not used installing anything
> without using anything but the default options.
You *can* simply download the individual packages you require, and then
unpack the tarballs into your chosen installation directory, say C:\mingw.
Be sure to read the guidelines at http://mingw.org/download.shtml, or at
http://mingw.org/MinGWiki/index.php/GettingStarted, before you start.
When you are done, add C:\mingw\bin, (or the bin directory below your
choice of installation directory), to your PATH, to allow you to access
the compilers from your working directories.
Perhaps Dave Murphy, who provided the current 5.0.0 version of the
installer, would like to comment on the apparent download of less recent
than latest candidate packages, when this option is selected? I suspect
that the list of candidate releases to download is hard coded in the
installer, and the newer versions to which you refer are more recent
than the installer itself.
Another point you might like to consider, Dave, is that while the
installer allows the user to select `download only', it then makes no
apparent provision for completing an installation from such downloaded
packages; IMO, that is an omission which needs to be remedied.