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Re: RFC: 1.7.33 problem with user's home directory
- From: Andrey Repin <anrdaemon at yandex dot ru>
- To: Corinna Vinschen <cygwin at cygwin dot com>, cygwin at cygwin dot com
- Date: Tue, 11 Nov 2014 03:45:08 +0300
- Subject: Re: RFC: 1.7.33 problem with user's home directory
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- References: <20141110205216 dot GJ2782 at calimero dot vinschen dot de>
- Reply-to: cygwin at cygwin dot com
Greetings, Corinna Vinschen!
> Up to Cygwin 1.7.32, mkpasswd (but not with -u) generated the Cygwin
> home directory by converting the SAM/AD home folder entry to POSIX
> style, if it's non-empty. Fallback is /home/$USER.
> When I implemented the new scheme I thought it a good idea to decouple
> the Cygwin home dir from the Windows home dir. However, in the today's
> discussion the following two arguments came up:
> - If you're using the Windows home folder setting to maintain file
> server based home directories, you typically want that these
> directories are used for Cygwin stuff as well (central administration,
> central backup).
> Having to maintain the home directories twice, once in the
> homeDirectory, once in the unixHomeDirectory entry is quite a hassle,
> especially given that unixHomeDirectory does not support variable
> substitution (e.g. "/home/%USERNAME%" won't work).
> - If you're already using AD as NIS server, unixHomeDirectory is already
> used for UNIX machines. Trying to align the unixHomeDirectory for
> Cygwin to homeDirectory for all the rest of Windows will potentially
> become impossible then.
> These arguments are quite serious and it questions the "good idea" part
> of this change a lot.
> What do you think?
> Shall the "db" entries utilize the Windows home folder if it exits(*)
> and drop using the unixHomeDirectory? It seems inevitable...
All I can say about this issue isâ I told you.
I see literally zero reason to maintain separate, cygwin-specific "home"
If you want a separate environment to play with, VirtualBox is there to
accommodate your wildest dreams. (Though, Oracle is trying hard to turn people
away from using VB since 4.3.13+)
Andrey Repin (email@example.com) 11.11.2014, <03:37>
Sorry for my terrible english...