Thanks for the reply. I should admit I suppose that I cannot, apparently, read :-\ I did not catch that the -K <URL> was about adding a signature to the setup.exe execution. I've had to start from scratch today to get a working cygwin install, so I've done it the right way from the beginning.

I would say, however, that you should really consider removing access via ftp. No package install process for me ever successfully concluded using ftp as the access method. For any user few things are more exasperating than having an install stop at, for example, 83% and move no further, even after 8 hours (or overnight!). Seems that the ftp methods that setup.exe uses do not gracefully recover from issues when an ftp server is overloaded or has slow responsiveness due to high load. If the http access method almost always works why not make it the primary and ftp the secondary access method? My two cents.

Thanks for your help and work on cygports.

Guy Stalnaker

On Fri, Apr 22, 2011 at 12:53 PM, Yaakov (Cygwin/X) <yselkowitz@users.sourceforge.net> wrote:
On Wed, 2011-04-20 at 00:26 -0500, Guy Stalnaker wrote:
> 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.

The main FTP server is often bogged down; you're best off using a
sourceforge or sourceware mirror.

> 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.

Following step 2 of the installation instructions will prevent this.

> 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.

Please note that this method is not supported here or on the main Cygwin

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