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Re: cygdrive flags / hiding cygdrive prefix directory (the old behavior)

On 6/15/06, Buchbinder, Barry (NIH/NIAID) [E] wrote:
Does the following do what you want?
        mount -u -b --change-cygdrive-prefix "/"

Stepp, Charles wrote:
>  Symlink?
> ln -s /cygdrive/c /c

No... Thanks but no. Barry and Charles, i think you're answering a different question. This thread wasn't about changing the path for the cygdrive prefix, but, rather, making it invisible to cygwin programs.

Igor, about /cygdrive being created upon install:

If anything does this, it will probably be a postinstall script that
contains the string "cygdrive".  Grep through all .sh.done files in
/etc/postinstall, and you'll likely find the culprit.

No luck with anything in /etc/postinstall. Hmm... not sure if anyone will care enough to investigate this.

> Do you think anyone at cygwin
> would consider making this feature optional in a later release?

They will probably consider it and reject it.  The spirit of open-source
software is that you scratch what itches you, and others benefit.  This is
not something that itches any of the Cygwin developers.  Hence,

If you do plan to submit a patch, I suggest looking at the
fhandler_disk_file::readdir() function, and changing it to optionally
remove the virtual /cygdrive directory according to a new cygdrive flag
(and add a corresponding mount option).  That way, this behavior can be
controlled according to people's tastes.

Thanks for the advice!

- Kral

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