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Re: Wrong root directory

Dave Korn wrote:
On 16 November 2006 13:05, Timothy Madden wrote:


Sorry if asking a known question.

I have Cygwin NT-5.1 and many applications ported for Windows with
Cygwin installed separately. I recently configured OpenSSH 3.8.1 as a
service to start automaticaly with Windows, and since then the file
-system root directory of my Cygwin installation is C:\Program
Files\OpenSSH instead of C:\local\cygwin as before.

Argh! You've installed some 3PP bundle of ssh and it's overwritten your mountpoints! That is /seriously/ unfriendly. Where did you get this download from?

How can I fix the mapping for the root folder ?

Use the mount command. At a minimum, you'll need to have /, /usr/bin, and /usr/lib mountpoints all pointing into the correct places in your old dir structure. If you had attached your cygcheck output to the mail as it describes on the problem-reporting page, we could have given you a full list of what mountpoints you'd need to repair.

Where is the documentation for this ?

In the cygwin user guide, and also the mount man/info pages.


Yeah, quite a bad image for Cygwin ...

If you search Google for OpenSSH windows (since has no windows port on site) you can find these links:

Maybe someone can talk to sites owners and kindly ask them to inform their visitors that cwRsyncServer also has a newer version of OpenSSH packaged for Windows (that unfortunately does not show up in Google).

I did not thought that mount can change even the file-system root.
Thank you for your information. What does 3PP mean ?

As for the output from cygcheck, I am not on my work computer now.
But if I restore the mount point for /, then would /usr/bin and /usr/lib not already get in place too ?

Timothy Madden Romania

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