More: [1.7] packaging problem? Both /usr/bin/ and /usr/lib/ are non-empty

Corinna Vinschen
Wed May 6 07:45:00 GMT 2009

On May  5 16:50, Charles Wilson wrote:
> I was toying with the following idea:
> 1) It is invalid to have drive "letters" that aren't letters.  So,
> 0:/cygwin/bin is not a valid path.
> 2) What if /etc/fstab supported the following construct:
> X:/cygwin /
> 0:/cygwin/bin /usr/bin
> 0:/cygwin/lib /usr/lib
> where "0" (zero) means "whatever drive / is mounted from".  So, suppose
> that the default entries are expressed using this new syntax (all three
> of them):
> 0:/cygwin /
> 0:/cygwin/bin /usr/bin
> 0:/cygwin/lib /usr/lib
> This "default" construct would lead to the following behavior:
> a) figure out where / is using the current algorithm -- which may be
> "find module dir for cygwin1.dll, go ../etc/fstab and goto step b"
> b) read the /etc/fstab if it exists (may override any of these default
> settings)
> c) given the (now possibly modified in-memory copy of "fstab"), replace
> all "0:" drive specs 
>    in the with the drive letter from the / mount
> Then, in your scenario (real fstab that has only an entry for
> X:/cygwin), you'd have
> X:/cygwin /
> X:/cygwin/bin /usr/bin
> X:/cygwin/lib /usr/lib
> But, any of them can still be overridden using explicit lines in a
> "real" fstab.

That sounds a bit too complicated for my taste.  I'm not sure people
will understand the idea of the 0:.  And what do you do if root is
\\server\share\cygwin ?


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