I have a very long list of cygwin packages that I need to download (for various reasons I cannot install directly from the internet, instead I need to download the cygwin packages for later installation). Is there any way of doing this by providing a list of packages to some automated procedure rather than selecting each package by clicking in the gui? Any help appreciated!
The Chocolatey package manager uses Cyg-Get. You might see if either of those supports saving packages to a location and the using that location when restoring. Or you can always just zip up the cygwin folder. I often move cygwin to a new computer by just grabbing the whole folder from another system.
You also may be able to just use the command line options of the cygwin setup.exe