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Re: CYGWIN: User's Guide as One-File

In light of the fact that I am not volunteering to change setup.exe 
to do this (although I think it is a neat idea) let me suggest some  
flags for wget, that basically allow you to do this already (without the 
adding a "web_docs" package to setup.exe).

-N --timestamping "don't retrieve files if older than local"
-k --convert-links "convert non-relative links to relative"
-r --recursive "recursive web-suck -- use with care!"

This would allow you to "once a week" download all the documentation 
(if it is newer than what you have locally) and convert the links so 
it isn't trying to access the web (and is easily transferrable to
machine). Then you can just bookmark c:/cygwin/web_docs/index.html
and add a shortcut to your desktop or start menu.

This has the added benefit of not running setup.exe weekly- i.e. not 
updating your whole cygwin net distro weekly. So you end up downloading 
less stuff by just using wget.


Bernard Dautrevaux wrote:
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Christopher Faylor []
> > Sent: Tuesday, July 24, 2001 5:37 PM
> > To:
> > Subject: Re: CYGWIN: User's Guide as One-File
> >
> >
> > On Tue, Jul 24, 2001 at 10:31:10AM -0400, Larry Hall (RFK
> > Partners, Inc) wrote:
> > >At 09:38 AM 7/24/2001, Andre Theiler wrote:
> > >
> > >>Dear Sirs,
> > >>
> > >>is the cygwin-Dokumentation available as one (big) HTML-File
> > >>or as a archive of single HTMLs? I ask this because I am often
> > >>without a network. So, it was nice to have a Online-doc!
> > >
> > >
> > >The on-line documents found at can be
> > >found in the winsup/doc directory of CVS.
> >
> > Or just use a tool like "wget" to download the docs directly to your
> > machine, e.g.
> >
> > wget -r
> >
> It would be nice to have a documentation package that contains all these
> docs (and maybe install a link on the desktop/Start menu) so that one can
> browse the doc locally.
> Please don't flame me: I know these will be obsolete as soon as they are
> downloaded, but setup.exe will make it so simple to upgrade them that it's
> not TOO bad.
> OTOH this is a big win for people that, for various reasons, cannot access
> the internet at all times (like a lot of our developers that are not on a
> connected network). Currently I have to download pieces manually and I'm
> sure it's VERY obsolete (as I have NO WAY to know if something has changed).
> Allowing just to start "setup" once a week and pick the updates if any would
> be a lot more convenient and help to keep the local docs quite up-to-date.
> Best regards, and thanks for the excellent tool that is cygwin.
>         Bernard
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