From: Keith Marshall <keithmarshall@us...> - 2013-08-21 20:16:27
On 21/08/13 01:22, Robert Miles wrote:
> I tried installing MinGW again with mingw-get-setup.exe.
Thanks. And, now you're providing feed back, exactly as I wanted.
> No error messages during the installation.
> This time, an icon for starting MinGW Installer was created,
As it should have been, if you left that option selected. Good.
> but none for starting the software installed.
I created an open ticket for this; at least one of the MSYS packages
should have a post-install script to do just that, but currently none
does. Perhaps some noise here will encourage the assigned ticket owner
(package maintainer) to respond.
In the meantime, you could simply create your own shortcut, to run the
MSYS.bat file in C:/MinGW/MSYS/1.0
All other MinGW applications run from the command line. If you use
MSYS, they should just work when /etc/fstab is properly set up; if you
use cmd.exe, you will need to add C:\MinGW\bin to your PATH.
> There were three shortcuts under C:\MinGW. Each of them gave only
> error messages saying they whatever they pointed to has either been
> deleted or moved, so I deleted the shortcuts.
Since you don't say precisely what they were, I can't really comment
definitively. Perhaps artefacts from a prior, and now removed install,
in which case deletion seems appropriate.
> The instructions for installing MSYS call for editting
> C:\MinGW\msys\1.0\fstab. There is no such file.
No. It needs to be created after installation. Ideally a post-install
script should do that, but you may just as well create it using your
editor of choice, (preferably one which can handle $DEITY's preferred LF
only line endings).
> However, there is a file C:\MinGW\msys\1.0\fstab.sample. The
> instructions for opening fstab do not work for fstab.sample;
Huh? It's a plain text file; open it in your text editor of choice, and
use it as a template for the creation of /etc/fstab
> Open gives only an error message saying that no program is set up to
> open *.sample files,
So, say you want to select one, then select a text editor; (it probably
wouldn't be wise to save that as a permanent choice).
> and the popup menu does not include Open With.
Blame Microsoft for this user hostility. Or, run your choice of text
editor, and uses its "open" function to open the file.