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Re: CYGWIN_ROOT Question -- Attn: XFree86-fnts maintainer


Thanks for the fix. This was indeed my fault and the fix is elegant.

I have uploaded 4.2.0-3 versions of all of the fonts packages, which will fix the problem, but will annoy those that have already downloaded them...


Igor Pechtchanski wrote:

Well, this is not a bug in setup.exe, but it looks like a bug in the
postinstall scripts for the XFree86-f??? packages.  Basically, the scripts
re-mount /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts to force a binary mount.  They use
`cygpath -w` to find the Windows path of the fonts directory.
Unfortunately, they do it *before* unmounting the old one, so if you
change the Cygwin installation root between the runs of the scripts, they
will still refer to the old directory.

The fix (for the postinstall scripts) is to unmount the directory *first*,
and then run `cygpath -w`.  The corrected postinstall scripts would each
look like this:


umount -u $FONTDIR 2>/dev/null
WFONTDIR=`cygpath -w $FONTDIR`
mount -bfs $WFONTDIR $FONTDIR 2>/dev/null || mount -bfu $WFONTDIR $FONTDIR

The same changes as a patch (for are below.

Hopefully this makes its way into the fonts package.  Until it does, you
could simply "umount -u /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts", and re-install all of
the XFree86-f??? packages that you need using setup.exe.
---        2002-04-28 02:11:37.000000000 -0400
+++     2003-07-02 19:16:29.000000000 -0400
@@ -1,6 +1,6 @@

-WFONTDIR=`cygpath -w $FONTDIR`
 umount -u $FONTDIR 2>/dev/null
+WFONTDIR=`cygpath -w $FONTDIR`
 mount -bfs $WFONTDIR $FONTDIR 2>/dev/null || mount -bfu $WFONTDIR $FONTDIR

On Wed, 2 Jul 2003, Gerald Pekmezi wrote:

Thanks for the reply

I have come to believe this is an X problem after all and will add a post
It seems that during my cygwin installation everything was installed in D:
(D:\usr, D:\bin etc), except for usr\X11R6\lib\X11\fonts. which was instead
installed as C:\cygwin\usr\X11R6\lib\X11\fonts . When I restore the latter
XWin will run however it refuses to do so if
C:\cygwin\usr\X11R6\lib\X11\fonts does not exist. I did add the font
directory to D:\usr\X11R6\lib\X11\, but it did not make a difference.
Possible bug in cygwin setup.exe?

"Larry Hall" <> wrote in message">

Gerald Pekmezi wrote:

Thanks in advance for helping.

I originally had Linux RH9 installed on the second partition of my
primary (and at the time only) harddrive. I have since dedicated a
secondary hard drive to Linux, and figured I would completely
dedicate the partition to Cygwin (D:\). However I have begun to
suspect that setting CYGWIN_ROOT to D:\ is not sufficient (XWin
refuses to run, I don't think its an X problem, but if it is I guess
this post will be moved).
My question is whether there is a quick fix to this or whether it is
more trouble than it is worth.

Hm. Now that's a good one. Perhaps my memory is failing me but in all the years I've been using Cygwin, I don't ever recall CYGWIN_ROOT being officially used. Perhaps you should back up and start over with:


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