Problem uninstalling/deleting cygwin

Neven Luetic
Tue Jan 25 20:27:00 GMT 2005

> > >after a (stupid) attempt to install an older version of 
> > cygwin over my
> > >current installation (using the "cygwin time machine" mentioned some
> > >days ago) I just wanted to throw it away and start anew, but 
> > the cygwin
> > >directory is undeletable. 
> > >
> > >This is due to some symbolic links from versions of 
> > uninstalled programs
> > >pointing to nowhere (i.e. /usr/autotool/devel/bin/automake, 
> > which is a
> > >symlink to automake-1.9). 
> > >I am able to change owner and permissions of these files to 
> > whatever I
> > >want, but I can not delete them ("Permission denied").
> > >
> > >What should I do, to get a clean new install?
>     Hi Neven,
>   Dunno what's gone wrong here.  Let's take a look at those ACLs: open a DOS
> prompt, change dir into <cygwin_root>\usr\autotool\bin and show us the output
> from
> cacls automake.lnk
>   It would be good to make _sure_ you're logged in with the same user name when
> trying to delete it as you were when you installed it, particularly if you ran
> setup.exe with the "Install.... Just for me" option.  
I'm pretty sure I logged in as the same user and I installed globally. 

cacls just says "system can't find the given file" (translation from
german). As I deleted everything except those links in the meantime, I
think this is ok.


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