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Re: [ANNOUNCEMENT] Updated: vim-7.0.122-1
On Thu, 12 Oct 2006, John Morrison wrote:
> On Thu, October 12, 2006 12:54 pm, Corinna Vinschen wrote:
> > I think it is needed. At least the base-files-mketc.sh postinstall
> > script creates paths which point outside the Cygwin root, so it either
> > needs to reference cygdrive paths, or use DOS paths. Using cygdrives
> > paths is preferable, IMHO. Since the cygdrive path is not fixed, and
> > can even differ between different users on the same machine, there must
> > be a fixed method to reference these paths.
> > Personally I'd rather not further clutter the root directory, which is
> > why /proc seems to me to be a better place to point to the cygdrive
> > paths in a constant fashion. But that is only a mild opposition. I'd
> > also go along with /cygdrive.
> I've changed the script (which I didn't write!) to use cygpath --sysdir
> which outputs cygdrive paths. I should be able to get a new release out
> by the weekend, but I'll hold off until this discussion is decided.
> Personally I don't mind either an always existing /cygdrive or something
> in /proc. Only thing that would ask is; what would cygpath output?
I wrote the script originally, and the initial version did use POSIX
paths. I've just re-read the early discussions, and found this:
I think the issue is still valid -- if the installing user has the
user-level cygdrive prefix set, "cygpath --sysdir" will output something
that won't work for other users on the machine, and the links will be
If we add a standard /cygdrive prefix, we'll also need to change cygpath
to force that standard prefix for out-of-tree paths (otherwise user and
system mounts take precedence). Something like "cygpath -S -s" (or
"cygpath --sysdir --standard")...
However, if we really want to make this more robust, we'd need something
SAVED_CYGDRIVE="`mount -m | grep '^mount -u -[bt] -\?-c'`"
mount -u -b -c '/cygdrive'
# Do the path manipulation here
umount -u -c
[ -n "$SAVED_CYGDRIVE" ] && eval "$SAVED_CYGDRIVE"
P.S. One annoying thing about /cygdrive is that tab-completion for it is
annoying OOTB, since there are also /cygwin.bat and /cygwin.ico. One
thing I normally do on all new installs is rename those two files to
/Cygwin.bat and /Cygwin.ico -- since bash uses case-sensitive completion
by default, this allows /c<Tab> to get to /cygdrive immediately. Can we,
perhaps, rename the .bat and the .ico files to start with a capital 'C' on
new installs? I'll send a patch to cygwin-apps.
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