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Re: RFC: 1.7.33 problem with user's home directory

On Nov 10, 2014, at 6:38 PM, Jeffrey Altman <> wrote:

> My personal preference would be for the Cygwin Home directory to be
> created under
>  %HOMEPATH%\AppData\Roaming\Cygwin

That’s certainly the way you’re *supposed* to do it on Windows.

There’s some value in using %USERPROFILE% for this, however:

1. c:\Users\ShortName is directly analogous to /home/shortname on Linux or /Users/ShortName on OS X.

2. Recent versions of Windows have given up on the “My” prefix for the main directories within your user profile directory which happens to make them match the scheme used on Ubuntu, Fedora, OS X, etc.  Finger memory like “cd ~/Desktop” will serve you better if Cygwin doesn’t bury the user directory underneath AppData somewhere.

You can paper over #2 with symlinks, of course, as I already do while using the current c:\cygwin\home scheme.  It would just be nice to avoid the need to create those symlinks.  Symlinks don’t always behave exactly the same as real directories, for one thing.
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