Friday, February 01, 2008
cal.exe under Cygwin
Upgrading Cygwin is never free of surprises, big or small. This time, following an upgrade, I noticed that decades-old utility "cal" (display a Gregorian calendar) suddenly disappeared.
Searching Cygwin-related sites took me a while, since quite obviously queries like "Cygwin cal" or "cygwin Gregorian calendar" bring up thousands of false positives.
Finally, I found a posting on Cygwin mailing list saying that for whatever reason cal.exe, along with some other utilities which used to be part of package "cygutils" (installed by default) now moved to (supposedly new) package "util-linux", so it has to be installed (I don't actually think it has any other useful utilities except "cal").
OK, one more problem solved... What is awaiting us at the next upgrade?
Why on earth would they remove it from the default install? Are people really hurting that bad for disk space these days?