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Re: changing default text type without reinstall?

----- Original Message -----
From: "Steinar Bang" <>
To: <>
Sent: Wednesday, February 06, 2002 00:01
Subject: Re: changing default text type without reinstall?

> >>>>> Steinar Bang <>:
> >>>>> "Michael A Chase" <>:
> >>>> "Steinar Bang" <> wrote:
> >>> Platform: CygWin 1.3.2, CygWin/XFree86 4.1.0, Win2k
> >>> Is it possible to change from text type "Unix" to text type "DOS",
> >>> without reinstall?
> >> mount --help
> The results of "mount --help", is here
> <>
> > I'm guessing "mount -t" is what I should use?  The explanation is
> > "text files get \r\n line endings".
> > But I am unsure of how I should use this command.  What exactly does
> > it do?  Does it insert a translation between the file system and the
> > cygwin programs?

I think you found most of what you needed, but did the articles you found
explain enough?  If not, what parts were insufficient or unclear?

> > Will just running the mount command make the change persistent?  I
> > didn't find anything under /etc or /usr/etc that looked like a mount
> > table.

As you discovered, mount points are kept in the registry.  One set under
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE and one under HKEY_CURRENT_USER.  They are persistent.

> Here's some more information on the cygwin mount table
> <>
> The mount table is in the registry, and running the mount command
> should put the changes there.  The documentation says that the mount
> command can be used to add mount points, which makes it strange that
> the below command failed:
> > I tried changing the mode of the /home directory
> > ~$ mount -t c:\cygwin\home /home
> > mount: /home: Invalid argument
> Why is "/home" an invalid argument?  Have I misunderstodd what is
> meant by a "posix path"?

The thing that puzzles me about that error message is that it didn't
complain about c:cygwinhome instead since the bash command line reader uses
'\' as an escape character.  The easy way to avoid that problem is to use
'/' instead of '\' even in Windows paths passed to cygwin programs.

There are two types of mount points, user and system.  By default mount
creates user (-u) mount points.  These only apply to the current user and
override the corresponding system mount points.  Normally I only create
system (-s) mount points.

Mac :})
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