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RE: New setup: User not found? /cygdrive/h as default home directory?


Well, there's nothing in your cygcheck output that points to the cause of
your problem (other than the fact that you have more than one cygwin1.dll
on your system -- very bad, but probably not related).

If your computer sees multiple domains, you may have to specify the domain
name that the user "qhander" is part of to mkpasswd after the -d flag
(i.e., run "mkpasswd -u YourUser -d YourDomain >> /etc/passwd").
You also need to run "mkgroup -d >> /etc/group" (and, apparently,
"mkgroup -d YourDomain >> /etc/group")...  Also, you most likely have
*two* users with the name "qhander": one local to your machine (with a
small user id), and one in the domain (with UID 18544) -- you log in as
the domain one, but your /etc/passwd contains the local one (with the
wrong SID and UID).  Once you update /etc/passwd with your domain user
information, change the name of the local user to something else (e.g.,

On Mon, 2 Jun 2003, Hans Deragon (LMC) wrote:

> Bingo.
> HOMEDRIVE=h: was set.  This is probably why /cygdrive/h was created.
> Uhhhh... this is what happens when you inherit the computer of a
> previous user or when some corporate automatic program installs your
> account for the first time...
> However, regarding mkpasswd:  I get the following:
> mkpasswd -u qhander -d
> mkpasswd: [2221] The user name could not be found.
> But I logged in as qhander in my window session.  qhander was present in
> /etc/passwd when I installed Cygwin.  Why can't it find my user now?
> Attached, cygcheck.out with some sensitive information censored.  But
> nothing important regarding my problems.
> Thanks,
> Hans Deragon
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Igor Pechtchanski []
> Sent: Monday, June 02, 2003 2:41 PM
> To: Hans Deragon (LMC)
> Cc:
> Subject: Re: New setup: User not found? /cygdrive/h as default home
> directory?
> On Mon, 2 Jun 2003, Hans Deragon (LMC) wrote:
> > Greetings.
> >
> >   Long time user of cygwin.  Got a new job and off course, first thing I
> > do is install it.  However, I am encounting a problem I never had in
> > previous installations.  The installation was successfull, but when I
> > started a command line window (cygwin.bat), I got the following:
> >
> > id: cannot find name for user ID 18544
> > mkdir: cannot create directory `/cygdrive/h': No such file or directory
> > cp: cannot create regular file `/cygdrive/h//.bash_profile': No such file or directory
> > bash: cd: /cygdrive/h: No such file or directory
> >
> >   There are two problems here.  First, cygwin cannot find the name of my
> > user.  Is this because my Window account is not set properly?  I suspect
> > this, but I have not administrator power on my machine and I am not a
> > Windows guru.  This is a problem because when I use ssh it tells me to
> > go away because I have no name.  Is there an environment variable I can
> > set to trick ssh to working?
> >
> >   The second problem is the attempt to create the /cygdrive/h .  In the
> > /etc/passwd file, by default the /cygdrive/h directory was listed there
> > as the home directory for my user.  I do not understand why because
> > drive h does not exist on my system, and even if it did, I would not
> > have wanted my account to be created there.  Nowhere in the installation
> > process was I asked for the default home directory.  I fixed this by
> > editing the /etc/passwd and changed the home directory to /home, which I
> > believe should be the default and was in the past.  This is not a
> > problem for me anymore, but I am reporting it because I find this
> > /cygdrive/h default a bit odd.
> >
> >   BTW, I searched the mailing list archive, but could not find anything
> > related to these problems.  If this was discussed previously, I am sorry
> > for the repeat; my search keywords where probably poorly choosen.
> >
> > Thanks,
> > Hans Deragon
> The message that it cannot find user name for your user id means that your
> /etc/passwd file was not created correctly.  The high value of the user id
> indicates that you logged in as a domain user.  If you've installed as the
> same user, it's a bit surprising that the default settings didn't work.
> If you've installed as a different user, you'll need to do "mkpasswd -u
> YourUser -d >> /etc/passwd".  As for HOME being set to /cygdrive/h, you
> probably have a HOME variable in your Windows environment that points to
> "H:" (left over from some program installation, most likely).
> Most of the above is guesswork.  A more definite answer could be given
> once you post the output of "cygcheck -svr" (as an uncompressed text
> *attachment*, as indicated in <>).
>         Igor

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