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Re: How to change "/" from textmode to binmode?
- To: earnie_boyd at yahoo dot com,Richard Stanton <stanton at haas dot berkeley dot edu>,"cygwin at sourceware dot cygnus dot com" <cygwin at hotpop dot com>
- Subject: Re: How to change "/" from textmode to binmode?
- From: "Larry Hall (RFK Partners, Inc)" <lhall at rfk dot com>
- Date: Mon, 24 Apr 2000 14:44:27 -0400
At 02:15 PM 4/24/00, Earnie Boyd wrote:
>--- Richard Stanton <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> > Following up on the exchange below, I find I can't change / back from text
> > to binmode, mainly because I can't unmount it, even though umount doesn't
> > complain:
> > c:\>umount /
> > c:\>mount
> > Device Directory Type Flags
> > c:\cygnus\usr /usr user binmode
> > c:\cygnus\bin /usr/bin user binmode
> > c:\cygnus\lib /usr/lib user binmode
> > \\.\tape0: /dev/st0 user textmode
> > \\.\tape1: /dev/st1 user textmode
> > \\.\a: /dev/fd0 user textmode
> > \\.\b: /dev/fd1 user textmode
> > C: / user textmode
> > c:\>
> > How can I change / from textmode back to binmode if I want to do so?
>Gee, I haven't seen this discussed for months/years. The reason that it
>appears you can't umount / is simple. The initialization of the Cygwin1.dll
>will create the / directory mount if it doesn't exist. You actually do remove
>the entry for / with the umount; however, when you do mount to check to see if
>it's gone it gets added back during the initialization. This has been resolved
>by today's version of mount which uses a -f switch to replace the existing
>entry. I.E.: mount -f -b c:/ / would add make c:/ the root with binary mode
>processing as the default.
> Earnie Boyd: <mailto:email@example.com>
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Earnie's quite right with his description (of not only the problem and
solution but also the note of the nice respite this question has had!;-))
One thing he didn't mention that's worth noting is that the initialization
which remounts / to c: only happens if you umount and try to remount outside
bash/sh (i.e. from the DOS prompt.)
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