Can't read lock file
Fri Nov 13 12:54:00 GMT 2009
> Which is bad since FAT32 has no security at all. Any process of any
> user on the machine can overwrite any file, even in the Windows folder.
> NTFS is much more secure and has a couple of features you never get with
> FAT32, and hardlinks are only one minor advantage. You should really
> update the filesystem to NTFS using the on-board convert.exe tool.
Well. I took the advice and converted both FAT32 systems (one for 1.5
and one for 1.7) to NTFS. I quite like some of the file management
consequences - e.g. chkdsk output, more efficient use of space - but
working within Cygwin I'm not a happy bunny. I am sure that in many
parallel universes the step you have advised results in huge benefits,
but so far I can only report detriment to  use and  understanding.
(I know  that requests/ complaints/ comments should not be too
user-specific and as for  I'm really just hanging myself out to dry.
But here goes ...)
I operate both Cygwins 1.5 and 1.7 on a partitioned portable drive
hooked up to different machines at different times. After changing to
NTFS I find
statements of folder permissions completely incomprehensible e.g. the +
also that they do not alter after chmod instructions in the way I was
that there are MANY additional user names and group names including
that files I worked on on Machine 1 now produce "Permission denied" when
I try to work on them on Machine 2
All right, all of the above merely make manifest a complete lack of
understanding of permissions, privileges, rights, etc. But it is after
all "my" mobile drive, and every file on it was put there by me, is
owned by me in some sense, and I ought to be able to do stuff.
Finally (and I have tried to search for a solution) I alias ls as "ls
--color" and had some lovely rxvt* xterm* and gnuplot* color schemes set
up in ~/.Xdefaults. Now the rxvt* and xterm* color schemes have been
lost (to be replaced by, I assume, some standard set, with a
particularly horrid colour combination for directories (fg blue bg
green). Confusingly, realised gnuplot* colors are still as set in
.Xdefaults. Is there a way I can recover what I want for rxvt and xterm
(maybe by putting the instructions into a different file).
I think I will revert to FAT32 partitions and maybe put up with a
working if not current XWin in 1.7. Like my experience with mobile
phones, there is a threshold of sophistication beyond which I am just
plain incapable of making progress, and the conversion of FAT32 to NTFS
seems to have crossed that threshold for me with its unintended (or
unexpected anyway) consequences. It is a marvellous advance in security
I am sure (and I am very appreciative that Corinna and Jon took this up
and responded to me) but I guess it just isn't for me.
Thank you. If meanwhile you can point me somewhere for a solution to the
lost colour schemes, I would be very grateful.
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