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Windows GUI apps and gid in Cygwin
- From: SJ Wright <sjwright68 at charter dot net>
- To: Cygwin User Mailing List <cygwin at cygwin dot com>
- Date: Sun, 02 Oct 2011 12:31:13 -0400
- Subject: Windows GUI apps and gid in Cygwin
This is a little thing, no errors or gripes involved, but I'm more than
curious to see if anything can be done to change it.
If I do an ls -lh on any file created or saved in a Windows app, such as
XnView, I get this for a return string:
-rwx------+ 1 steve None 210336 2011-03-25 21:15 gae86-8660-015-007mvp.jpg
You'll notice the group is None. Now if I create a text file (empty or
with text from nano or vim), I get this using the same stepped ls command
-rw-r--r--+ 1 steve resurgam 187 2011-10-02 12:23 thefourbears.txt
Would it have something to do with being in a login shell, in bash via
mintty, while any Windows apps not primarily geared towards network or
system-level tasks don't need one and therefore the group ID can't be
set to the same thing? Or am I adding unnecessary complications to this?
Another two questions.
1. Is the group 'None' in etc/group necessary, or could Cygwin -- and by
Cygwin I mean sshd and Net applications such as cUrl -- work just as
well without it?
2. How much damage could I do if I were to remove "HelpAssist" group (or
is it a user) from one of the relevant files in etc/ ? How quickly, IOW,
would that map back to Windows and cause confusion?
Hope folks can answer these, if not right away then eventually.
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