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Re: Annoying error messages from setup




Hi Enrique,
I don't immediately see what the problem may be. I installed the cygwin-doc package with the 64-bit Cygwin setup.exe on Windows 7 and it all went well. More below...

Mark Geisert wrote earlier:
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.

To see the mkshortcut source, you can use setup.exe to install the latest cygutils package and click the box saying you want source too. It will go into /usr/src. cd into the newly-created cygutils* directory there and do 'cygport prep' to prepare the source tree for all of cygutils (it's not much). Then navigate down to the mkshortcut directory and see mkshortcut.c.

Or use gitweb to inspect the source online. The cygutils source tree is at
git://cygwin.com/cygwin-apps/cygutils.git . You can reach it from the cygwin.com home page -- click on "Source in Git" on the left side of the page.

How do you enable native symbolic links? And also, could you please provide the output of 'cygcheck -svr' as an email attachment on your next reply? Please make sure to attach, and not just append it to the email, as the latter tends to poison searches of the archives.
Thanks,

..mark


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