Problem after fresh Cygwin installation

Stephen Barclay
Fri Jul 13 22:06:00 GMT 2007

Bernd Bartmann wrote:
> Hi,
> I just installed the default Cygwin components using the latest
> setup.exe from a local install directory. The target machine runs
> WinXP SP2 English with German MUI pack. The installation as local
> administrator via setup.exe did not show any errors. The computer is
> only a workgroup member and not part of any domain.
> After starting cygwin for the first time using the desktop icon it
> tells me "Your group name is
> currently "mkpasswd"". So I followed the instruction and ran:
> mkpasswd -l > /etc/passwd
> mkgroup -l > /etc/passwd
> The contents of both files looks ok to me.
> Now comes the weird part. I created a new file hello.c in my home dir
> with vim. ls -al shows that the file exists, but "more hello.c" gives
> no output at all. I just get a new shell prompt. The same problem
> exits when I run "gcc hello.c -o hello". Nothing happens, not even an
> error message is displayed and no file hello is created.
> Also, I don't get a colored shell prompt, but only a $ sign.
> Any clues?
> Best regards,
> Bernd
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Probably a type on the OP's part but...

mkpasswd -l > /etc/passwd
*mkgroup -l > /etc/passwd
Shouldn't the above be  mkgroup -i > /etc/groups  ???

-Stephen Barclay
stephen (at) call-em-all [dot] com

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