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Re: Change Default Text File Format after installation

On Mon, 11 Apr 2005, Sebastian Schuberth wrote:

> > > where does Cygwin store whether the user has chosen DOS or UNIX as the
> > > "Default Text File Format" when installing? Is it possible to change that
> > > setting without re-installing Cygwin?
> >
> > In the mount table.  See "man mount".  Google for "cygwin remount binary"
> > for a handy one-liner.
> Thanks. The default mounts seem to be encoded in the Windows registry, as
> there is not fstab.

By "default mounts", do you mean the /cygdrive auto-mounts?

> It also seems I need to change the flags in a key named "cygdrive flags"
> if I want to change the mount mode of auto-mounted drives. Is that
> correct?

No, that is *NOT* correct.  The mounts are stored in the registry *now*,
but they aren't guaranteed to stay in the registry in the future.  What is
guaranteed, however, is that the "mount" command will *always* manipulate
the mount table, wherever it's stored.  Cygwin's "mount" is very different
from the Linux "mount" -- you really should read the "mount" manpage.

> Is there an explanation of the flags somewhere (well, without having to
> checkout all the source code and search for it ...).

The flags on the auto-mounted drives can be changed by setting them in
conjunction with the --change-cygdrive-prefix (-c) mount flag.  So, to
make them binary, just say

mount -sbc /cygdrive

(if you installed "for all users"), or

mount -ubc /cygdrive

(if you installed "just for me").

For the record, this list cannot support installations where the mounts
were changed by directly editing the registry.  Also, it would be a good
idea to read and follow <>, especially the
part about attaching (as an uncompressed text *attachment*) the output of
"cygcheck -svr" on your machine.
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