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Re: SSH into XP: mapped network drives disappeared!

On Wed, Oct 22, 2003 at 04:10:56PM -0700, Andrew DeFaria wrote:
> Corinna Vinschen wrote:
> >Cygwin doesn't pay attantion but tools do.  sshd, login, ftpd and any 
> >other tool which requires the home directory for doing it's job, most 
> >server applications and also several client tools as, say, ssh.
> >
> I thought that that might be the case. Why then not make Cygwin pay 
> attention to the home field in /etc/passwd? Why not change /etc/profile 
> to use it? (Perhaps I'm treading over an issue that was already discussed).

You're mixing stuff which doesn't belong to each other.  Cygwin is not
at all interested in $HOME or your /etc/passwd home entry.  The evaluation
of this values is done by tools in a UNIXy way.  Shells (bash, tcsh,
whatever) are traditionally only paying attention to $HOME.  Remember how
a logon to a UNIX machine works.  First, there's a terminal on which runs
a getty, then login(1) is called for the authentication,  login's only
available information is /etc/passwd.  After authentication, login sets
$HOME to the correct value and starts a shell.  The shell relies on the
fact, that $HOME has been set correctly by the logon procedure.

So, there are authenticating/logon tools which use /etc/passwd and
there are user tools, which rely on $HOME already been set correctly
by the former.  That's just the way it works.

Especially /etc/profile should *not* take the /etc/passwd value for
evaluating the home directory.  /etc/profile is used by the shell, in
a state when $HOME should already have a value.  If /etc/profile sets
$HOME, this would overwrite custom settings from login tools.


Corinna Vinschen                  Please, send mails regarding Cygwin to
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