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Re: Annoying error messages from setup




Enrique Perez-Terron wrote:
For some time (several months), the setup program always finishes with the
following message:

Package: _/cygwin-doc
    cygwin-doc.sh exit code 3
Package: z/Perpetual
    zp_texlive_finish.dash exit code 20

Looking into setup.log.full, I find:

2019/03/06 22:39:56 running: C:\cygwin\bin\bash.exe --norc --noprofile
"/etc/postinstall/cygwin-doc.sh"
mkshortcut: Saving "/cygdrive/c/ProgramData/Microsoft/Windows/Start
Menu/Programs/C:/cygwin/User Guide (PDF).lnk" failed; does the target
directory exist?
mkshortcut: Saving "/cygdrive/c/ProgramData/Microsoft/Windows/Start
Menu/Programs/C:/cygwin/User Guide (HTML).lnk" failed; does the target
directory exist?
mkshortcut: Saving "/cygdrive/c/ProgramData/Microsoft/Windows/Start
Menu/Programs/C:/cygwin/API (PDF).lnk" failed; does the target directory exist?
mkshortcut: Saving "/cygdrive/c/ProgramData/Microsoft/Windows/Start
Menu/Programs/C:/cygwin/API (HTML).lnk" failed; does the target directory exist?
mkshortcut: Saving "/cygdrive/c/ProgramData/Microsoft/Windows/Start
Menu/Programs/C:/cygwin/Home Page.lnk" failed; does the target directory exist?
mkshortcut: Saving "/cygdrive/c/ProgramData/Microsoft/Windows/Start
Menu/Programs/C:/cygwin/FAQ.lnk" failed; does the target directory exist?
2019/03/06 22:39:57 abnormal exit: exit code=3

Where do the "/C:" parts in the middle of the link names come from?
Investigating, I find that mkshortcut is being called like this:

/usr/bin/mkshortcut -A -P -n "Cygwin/User Guide (PDF)" -d "Cygwin User Guide
PDF" -- /usr/share/doc/cygwin-doc/cygwin-ug-net.pdf
/usr/bin/mkshortcut -A -P -n "Cygwin/User Guide (HTML)" -d "Cygwin User Guide
HTML" -- /usr/share/doc/cygwin-doc/html/cygwin-ug-net/index.html
/usr/bin/mkshortcut -A -P -n "Cygwin/API (PDF)" -d "Cygwin API Reference PDF"
-- /usr/share/doc/cygwin-doc/cygwin-api.pdf
/usr/bin/mkshortcut -A -P -n "Cygwin/API (HTML)" -d "Cygwin API Reference
HTML" -- /usr/share/doc/cygwin-doc/html/cygwin-api/index.html
/usr/bin/mkshortcut -A -P -n "Cygwin/Home Page" -d "Cygwin Home Page Link" -a
https://cygwin.com/index.html -- /usr/bin/cygstart
/usr/bin/mkshortcut -A -P -n "Cygwin/FAQ" -d "Cygwin Frequently Asked
Questions Link" -a https://cygwin.com/faq.html -- /usr/bin/cygstart

There appears to be a bug in mkshortcut.
Could this be somehow related to my enabling native symbolic links?
(Not sure if this error began before I did that.)
I don't know where to find the source for mkshortcut, and not sure if somebody else
knows this program and can look into it. Should I report this somewhere?

Consider it reported :-O. 'cygcheck -p mkshortcut' shows mkshortcut is part of the cygutils package. I'm the maintainer. You aren't using zsh as your shell, are you? I ask because zsh apparently has its own mkshortcut. Let me experiment a little bit and try to reproduce your first issue.

Your second issue is something totally separate and I can't help with it.

..mark


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