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Re: one or more not ready for prime time( cygwin1.7, win7, linda7).

2009/11/20 Linda Walsh:
> Some things are obviously not cygwin related. ÂBut sometimes it seems
> like cygwin isn't able to see files that I can see there with
> explorer.

We'd of course need concrete examples for this.

> It should be running as 'me' when it's started by me! ÂBut I don't
> know if it is a some random permissions thing, or some 32bit-ism. ÂThe
> registry I can mostly grok -- but I'm having other programs claiming
> to get permission denied from reg keys that are full control for me
> AND system.

Same as above.

> I still haven't figured out why -- but the values for cygdrive prefix
> won't stay stored.

That's because you now have to set it in /etc/fstab to make it permanent, e.g.:

none /mnt cygdrive binary 0 0

See here:

> This is related to my initial complaint about the full-screen effect
> on setup.
> Setup WASN'T storing my choice -- it was blowing up to full each time.
> Then, ... it didn't. ÂGuess it decided to store it.

cgf recently implemented that.

>ÂI've had changes made to files disappear

Again, vague hand-waving is no help here.

> unfortunately, it looks like I had part of my registry disappear as
> well -- the part having to do with HARDWARE appears to be missing --
> can't find the file it maps and going to the key gives a file-not
> found message.

/proc/registry/HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/HARDWARE looks fine here.

> One thing -- trying to run various X utils, I get odd errors -- like
> fonts not being found or things like: Warning: Cannot convert string
> "-adobe-helvetica-bold-r-normal--*-120-*-*-*-*-is o8859-*" to type
> FontStruct Warning: Unable to load any usable ISO8859 font Warning:
> Unable to load any usable ISO8859 font Warning: Missing charsets in
> String to FontSet conversion Error: Aborting: no font found ---- But I
> thought things were unicode now? ÂI made sure to export
> LANG=en_US.utf-8 as well as LC_ALL, but neither made a difference.

Known problem, but I can't remember the details. See the cygwin-xfree list.

> I'm sure I had man pages -- and "xprogs" WERE working (still do on
> XP!) I'm not saying cygwin 1.7 doesn't work -- on XP seems mostly
> an improvement thought I don't like backspace being turned into a
> delete. ÂMy keyboard is a NOT a linux keyboard, it's a PC keyboard and
> should be mapped as such! ÂI really don't get why people would prefer
> to have to press control-h or control-backspace to backspace-delete.

Erm, you don't. You press the Backspace the key, as always. Meanwhile,
the change to ^? frees up Ctrl+H for other purposes, e.g. help in

> Trouble is it makes for horrible compatibility problems with programs
> that can be called in different environments (mintty, console,
> standalone, remote crt)... ÂIt's hard to program exceptions for all of
> them.

No need to program specific exceptions. The ERASE keycode in the tty
settings tells you where it's at. Read it using tcgetattr or stty.
Makes your programs portable to other Unices too.


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