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Re: How do I change the default home directory after I fire up cygwin?
On 1/22/2013 8:31 AM, Andrey Repin wrote:
Greetings, Yves!Yes, check the contents of your $HOME environment variable as set in
Windows (not Cygwin) by looking at My Computer: Properties: Advanced:
Environment Variables. Check both User and System Environment variables
sections (user will override system). It is common in corporate
environments to use the H drive to point to some remote file system that
gets mounted at boot time. That's your real home directory and often the
same home directory you'll use on Unix/Linux machines should your
company have any of them. Sharing a home directory is a good thing.
Check the contents of your $HOME variable.
I start up cygwin and do pwd, and this is my home directory.
But, I don't want it to be in /cygdrive/h. So, what gives? I've run the
mkpasswd command like so (while in my /home/<my name> directory):
mkpasswd -l -p "$(cygpath -H)" > /etc/passwd
At that point, I close my cygwin window and open it again... and same thing
when I run pwd. How do I make cygwin think and start in /home/<my name>?
I've even mucked with the /etc/passwd for my user account and STILL no
As for /etc/password and /home/<userid>, what I usually do is figure out
what this H drive points to and then add something like the following to
/etc/fstab and do a mount -a:
//<server>/<share> /home/<userid> ntfs
binary,posix=0,user 0 0
and make sure your line in /etc/passwd sets your home directory to
/home/<userid>. In this manner everybody's happy and no matter which
architecture you're on (Windows/Linux/Solaris/etc) home is always
There's no place like $HOME... :-)
Andrew DeFaria <http://defaria.com>
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