mount's --change-cygdrive-prefix option (was Re: text / binary mounts (sorry))

Jason Tishler
Tue Jun 6 13:43:00 GMT 2000

Chris Faylor wrote:
> Jason Tishler wrote:
> >Is this a documentation or programming bug?
> Dunno.  How about checking out the sources and finding out?

This a programming bug or by design.

I tracked the issue down to winsup/cygwin/

mount_info::write_cygdrive_info_to_registry (const char *cygdrive_prefix, unsigned flags)
  /* reg_key for user mounts in HKEY_CURRENT_USER. */
  reg_key r;

The reg_key constructor above

    reg_key(REGSAM access = KEY_ALL_ACCESS)

was designed to construct an object that only operates on

It is easy to change write_cygdrive_info_to_registry () to check flags
and write to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE or HKEY_CURRENT_USER as appropriate.  I
have already implemented this.

The tougher issue is the desired semantics when reading the cygdrive
path prefix from the registry.  That is, what should be the
functionality of read_cygdrive_info_from_registry ():

1. Should it search for the system path prefix and if not found,
then search for the user path prefix?  Or, should it search for the
user path prefix and then the system?

2. When no path prefixes are found should it default the system path
prefix?  Or, should it default the user path prefix (as it currently

Any thoughts?

I am willing to implement the consensus and supply patches.


Jason Tishler
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