[HEADSUP] Let's start a Cygwin 1.7 release area

Charles Wilson cygwin@cwilson.fastmail.fm
Thu Apr 3 22:52:00 GMT 2008

Christopher Faylor wrote:

> Why do we need a fstab.$SID and linux doesn't need this?

Well, I like to create user mounts for each user (Guest, Administrator, 
me) like this:

mount -f -u -b "C:/Documents and Settings/<user>/My Documents" "/mydocs"
mount -f -u -b "C:/Documents and Settings/<user>/Desktop" "/desktop"

mainly for convenience, but also because spaces and the command line 
don't mix well. Linux doesn't have to deal with asinine decisions made 
in Redmond, WA...from a hidden microphone in 1995: "LOOK! We can support 
spaces in filenames as well as filenames longer than 8.3, so let's use 
them EVERYWHERE! Spaces for EVERYBODY! Really long and hard to type 
system paths, like 'Documents and Settings'! Whoo-pee!! Steve Jobs has 
got nuthin' on us!"

I realize that on (clean-install, non-upgrade) Vista, this is less of an 
issue, because the "new" paths are

mount -f -u -b "C:/Users/<user>/Documents" "/mydocs"
mount -f -u -b "C:/Users/<user>/Desktop" "/desktop"

but XP and 2k aren't going anywhere for a long long time, if even one of 
the horror stories I've read about Vista are true...


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