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Workaround for "shared" folders in Vista

Vista has some strange differences with shared file attributes. Files that
are accessible to other people on the same computer are marked as shared,
but only for files in the /Users directory. Vista sees all files created by
Cygwin in /Users, as "locally shared", and manipulating these files from
file Explorer can be extremely slow, probably due to Vista's shared file
management getting confused. Unfortunately, this "local sharing" feature
seems to lack documentation, so a proper fix may not happen for a while.
Maybe the best solution is to disable this Vista feature, if anyone can
figure it out.

For other users having this problem, the most important thing is to avoid
using Cygwin in the /Users directory. Don't try to put your Cygwin home
directory in your Windows User directory. If you have a folder with files
that have Cygwin attributes, and it is giving you problems from Explorer,
you can reset all of the attributes with "icacls <dir> /reset /T".

Joe Krahn
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