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Possible Cygwin1.dll problem

Hi dear Igor Peshansky,

I have one simple question. When anyone of you runs 'bash' or any Cygwin shell 
and changes to a CD or floppy (with 'cd /cygdrive/e' or whatever) does 
command 'ls /tmp' give you any error refusing to work? Please don't advise to 
reinstall it all not even bothering to take a look. Just check it, it's not 
very hard.

If it's so, you probably have some bugs in your main cygwin1.dll, concerning 
automounting of '/'. If not, I'm sorry, that's my strange way of installation.

I cannot agree with you, Igor, about having to install via setup.exe. Your 
POSIX/ANSI LIBC library should work not only with Cygwin packages but also 
with other third party programs regardless of whether they use any installer 
or distributed as an archive.

E.g. I've tried Infra Recorder ( and 
CDRTools Front-End (cdrtfe, They are both 
under GPL, use cygwin1.dll and have their own installer. Do they need your 
setup.exe? It's funny.

I'm also surprised that you still haven't cdrtools and dvdrwtools packages in 
your Cygwin release lists. One can find cdrtools compiled with Cygwin at
and dvdrwtools compiled with MinGW (which is apparently compatible) at Are you guys CD/DVD 
phobic? These are important packages.

>From my experience having multiple instances of Cygwin1.dll is a problem only 
when they have different versions. When they do I have a message telling me to 
delete old ones. I don't have such a message on my system and everything works 
(or doesn't) the same, still I have multiple instances of  Cygwin1.dll of the 
same version. Cygwin packages are not the only ones who use this library, I 
don't want to copy it to every third party program folder.

It would be nice to add mpg123 (used by Midnight Commander) to your packages 
list, there're no patent limitations about decoding mp3: Debian Linux has 
both mpg123 and mpg321 in their most open distributions.

By the way, it would be great to make a note in your setup.hint files telling 
where some libraries reside when it's not apparent. I've spent some time 
trying to find libintl* libraries. How could I know they're in gettext 

Thank you,

Ruslan Fedyarov

Ð ÑÐÐÐÑÐÐÐÐ ÐÑ ÐÑÐÑÐÐÐ 7 ÐÐÑÐÑÑ 2006 18:35 Igor Peshansky ÐÐÐÐÑÐÐ(a):

> Indeed, that is the crux of your problem.  You have a broken (incomplete)
> installation of Cygwin.  It is usually a good idea to let Cygwin setup do
> the job it was designed to do, unless you *really* know what you're doing.
> One of the problems with your installation (and the reason for your /tmp
> errors) is the fact that you have no mounts.
> Run setup, install the necessary packages, let it create the right mounts.
> Then see if you get the same problem.
> FYI, another problem shown by your cygcheck output is that you have a
> cygwin1.dll in c:\windows\system32.  That's a no-no.  Delete that one (and
> any other Cygwin DLLs in c:\windows\system32), and let Cygwin stay in its
> installation root.
> HTH,
> 	Igor

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