Thought you should know that I had significant issues with both methods of accessing cygports. Using setup.exe with the ftp site was a total bust. setup.exe connected to the ftp server to retreive the .ini file just fine, but repeated attempts to install something failed when the ftp server simply stopped responding. I left installs running all day, over one night without a single successful conckusion. Nor could I use the http mirror as the setup.exe app complained about the signature of the .ini file and promptly ignored the cygports host.

I was able,finally, to follow the advice found in the mail archive to use apt-cyg to connect to the http mirror and successfully install some applications.