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Re: General questions about upgrading to 1.7
- From: Corinna Vinschen <corinna-cygwin at cygwin dot com>
- To: cygwin at cygwin dot com
- Date: Tue, 8 Dec 2009 13:19:08 +0100
- Subject: Re: General questions about upgrading to 1.7
- References: <20091208124500.GB10816@ghost>
- Reply-to: cygwin at cygwin dot com
On Dec 8 13:45, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
> I'm plannig to migrate my production env (i.e. my XPSP3 box at work
> 8-D), from 1.5.25 to 1.7 as soon as there is an official release,
There's no reason not to use the current beta. The current 1.7.0-68
is probably equivalent to the official 1.7.1 release.
> and I dont want to ruin 1.5 if things work unexpectedly, so...
> Q1-Not having gone through beta-testing process, am I supposed to
> install 1.7 over existing 1.5?
In theory that's possible. It's not quite clear yet if we really
want to allow it for a couple of reasons. You read the User's Guide,
so you know that there are really a lot of changes which will also
change the user experience, for instance mount point handling, UTF-8
as default charset, to name the most important ones.
If you want to be on the safe side, install Cygwin 1.7 into another
directory, for instance C:\cygwin-1.7.
> Q2-If so, what will happen to my custom env files (.bashrc, for
> example)? will they be left untouched?
Yes. Trouble are the user mount points. These are the ones which under
1.5 are stored in the HKEY_CURRENT_USER registry area. While the system
mount pointsd (the ones under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE) will be converted to
mount points in /etc/fstab, this won't happen for user mount points.
Every user who has user mount points will have to recover them manually
via the copy-user-registry-fstab shell script. See the last note below
> Q3-Possibly a fool question, but anyways, are those apps I built under
> /usr/local/stow still gonna work?
There's a 99% chance that they still work. YMMV.
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