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Re: cygwin Registry Entries and Scriptability?

On Thu, Feb 14, 2002 at 02:51:29PM -0500, Mack, Daemian wrote:
>Hi all.  I'm using Wise Installer to package and script an upgrade utility
>for Windows machines.  As part of this package, I'm using Cygwin's bash.exe,
>rsync.exe, and the latest cygwin1.dll.  At the moment, I'm just copying
>these three files to the hard disk on the target machine, then launching a
>bash.exe process with various arguments to rsync.exe to perform an rsync
>over the net.
>I've heard that the way I'm doing it might not be correct, mostly because
>the full setup of Cygwin provides registry entries concerning mount points,
>so that, for instance, the directive /cygdrive/c/windows/desktop means
>something to Cygwin utilities.

Cygwin doesn't need to use the registry.  It only does so when there are
actual entries.  It isn't required to have a root directory or a /bin
directory, etc.  The registry entries are either written by setup.exe or
mount.exe but neither is required.

>But what I'm finding with my testing is that every time I run bash.exe on a
>machine with no other Cygwin install, these registry entries are created
>dynamically.  I suspect cygwin1.dll is doing this when it's called by

If you're seeing this then you're running an older version of cygwin.  It's
possible that some of the registry "directories" might be created but there
should be no actual data.


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