1.1.7:mount and ls problem
Wed Jan 24 08:57:00 GMT 2001
> cd /
> mkdir e
> mount e: /e
> All is well -- e shows up in both an ls ( as e) and mount (as e: /e).
> mount f: /f
> I get the error:
> mount: warning - /f does not exist
> but mount shows
> f: f/ . . .
> and ls doesn't show f.
> If I do mkdir f, I get:
> mkdir: cannot make directory `f': File exists
On UNIX systems, you can NOT mount on non-existing directory.
I think Cygwin can adopt this behavior and refuse to mount when the
directory is missing. There are 2 ways to accomplish this:
1. Create the directory (silently or with a message).
2. Produce an error and do not mount.
The 2nd approach has the possible problem for mounts that was done
previously (saved in the registry) - the mount directory may be erased
by a non Cygwin program. In that case I will produce an error message
every time the DLL try to use this mount, and ignore it (but not
delete it from the registry).
I don't know the reasons of the Cygwin developers for choosing the
current behavior but I'm sure they had something in mind if they
decided to deviate from standard UNIX practice.
BTW. I adhere to UNIX practice, I mount only on existing directories
and always use the -s switch (no private mounts on UNIX).
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