putting cygwin *installation* on CD

Chad J McQuinn huskerchad@insightbb.com
Fri Jan 21 07:57:00 GMT 2005


I'm try to put a cygwin installation (not the installer; a full-blown 
installation) on CD. The basic idea is that I want to set up cygwin, 
put it on CD, and then by means of a batch file, have that CD act as a 
portable cygwin installation.

I've got most of it worked out, including mounting a writable /tmp 
directory. The one problem I can't get around is symlinks. No matter 
what I do, I can not get the cygwin symlinks to be preserved--for 
example, /usr/bin/latex.exe which is a symlink to tex.exe. The symlinks 
all show up on the CD as plain files. Trying to execute them gives an 
error from the 16-bit MS DOS subsystem.

I understand that I can just copy the executables over the symlinks to 
fix this problem, but that doesn't help with directory symlinks, for 
example. I just don't see a way around this. There has to be a way to 
do this, but I don't see it.

I've tried everything I can think of to write the CD including various 
windows utilities as well as making an image with mkisofs (with both 
joliet and rock ridge on).

 From what I've read, it looks like the "system" attribute must be 
getting cleared in the process of going to CD. Is there any way to 
preserve it? Or is there any other way around this?

Thanks in advance,


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