Cygwin root at C:\ [Fwd from xemacs-nt list]

Charles S. Wilson cwilson@ece.gatech.edu
Mon Jun 25 08:57:00 GMT 2001


An exchange on the xemacs-nt mailing list: ben wing asked:

  > you should at least clarify your recommendation by saying
  > "we discourage setting your root to C:\ if you are or ever
  > will be using another Unix toolkit, such as UWin or MKS"
  > rather than just a blanket "no".

See thread below for context; I just thought I'd pass this along.

--Chuck


-------- Original Message --------
Date: Mon, 25 Jun 2001 05:22:30 -0700
From: Ben Wing
To: "Charles S. Wilson"
CC: "David A. Cobb"  Xemacs-WinNT@xemacs.org,
Craig Lanning , Nedko Arnaudov ,
    Andy Piper
Subject: Re: mingw and xemacs

"Charles S. Wilson" wrote:
 >
 > Ben Wing wrote:
 >
 > >
 > > "David A. Cobb" wrote:
 > >>
 > >>OK.  The "really bad news" is that the Cygwin folk pretty
consistently say
 > >>that mounting root at "C:\" is a BAD IDEA.  I know that wouldn't
preclude
 > >>creating a C:\usr\src and mounting it at /usr/src, but it looks
kludgy and,
 > >>anyway, there's not room on my C: drive to do any serious building
there.
 > >>
 > >
 > > i think this is utterly bogus.
 > >
 > > i have consistently been mounting cygwin root at c:\ ever since
b19.something,
 > > and i'm constantly mixing cygwin and non-cygwin tools and uses, and
i've never
 > > run into any problems.
 > >
 >
 > But Ben, do you mix cygwin tools with *other unix emulation environment*
 > tools like UWin and mks ?  On the cygwin list, we got so fraggin' tired
 > of people blaming our installation for breaking other toolkits that we
 > made the default install topdir be _:\cygwin, instead of _:\   You can
 > still choose _:\ as your root if you like, but it's discouraged because
 > of the UWin/mks compatibility issues.  If you don't use those other
 > toolkits -- you should have no problems.  But we will continue to
 > recommend against it.

ah, i see.

well, you should at least clarify your recommendation by saying "we
discourage
setting your root to C:\ if you are or ever will be using another Unix
toolkit,
such as UWin or MKS" rather than just a blanket "no".

 >
 > Now, to address Craig's complaint, you can still do a "spot-mount" to
 > get matching native and cygwin paths, if you have installed cygwin into
 > _:\cygwin as recommended.  For instance, if you have your cygwin
 > installation in D:\cygwin, and your xemacs sources in D:\xemacs\sources,
 > then in cygwin, you can do this:
 >
 > cd \
 > mkdir -p /xemacs/sources
 > mount -b D:/xemacs/sources /xemacs/sources
 >
 > I make no judgements here about the necessity of doing this, however;
 > I'm not sure I understand Craig's argument.
 >
 > --Chuck

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