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Re: Looking for some help setting up Cygwin 1.7

On 10/23/2009 08:12 AM, Larry W. Virden wrote:

Today in following up some helpful suggestions by members of this mailing list I ran into some additional setup issues.

For instance, right now, when I open a bash window, I find an
environment  where $HOME is set to
/cygdrive/c/Documents and Settings/lvirden

However, if I take a look at ~lvirden, I see that is mapped to
/home/lwv27  - which doesn't exist.

Sounds like at least one postinstall script didn't run correctly and that you've done some "fiddling" to try to fix things up. I can say this much:

  1. At least some postinstall scripts didn't run properly.  If they had,
    you should have /home/lvirden and $HOME would point to that.

  2. ~ comes from '/etc/passwd' and it would seem that this file exists and
     you've edited it to point to '/home/lwv27'.

Off the top of my head, I can't reconcile that and $HOME pointing to something
different. So take a look around these areas and also look at the resolution rules
spelled out in '/etc/profile' to see if that helps you spot the issue.

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Is there a service or something that maps "/home" to the $HOME settings?
In fact, I think I'd rather $HOME be set to /home/whatever , to eliminate
those embedded spaces.

Also, when I run cygrunsrv -Q cron I see a message saying that no such
service is running. When I try to run cygrunsrv --start cron

I get an error saying that the specified service does not exist as an
installed service. I know the admin setting this up for me on my XP desktop
ran the setup.exe command to install the package containing cron. Perhaps
there is some other step I need to let him know about that has to be done
after the install? Is there some place I can point him to help him get
things setup?

You have to run 'cron-config'.

Larry Hall                    
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