How to uniformly point to the root of a drive?

Christopher Faylor
Sun May 20 17:21:00 GMT 2007

On Sun, May 20, 2007 at 08:39:13AM -0700, Brian Dessent wrote:
>Thorsten Kampe wrote:
>>is there a way to consistently point (in a script for instance) to the
>>root of a removable drive (flash drive)?
>>The root could be /cygdrive/g on one computer and on the other
>>/cygdrive/f (I have no control of the drive letters).  One solution
>>would be to install Cygwin to \ (instead of the standard \cygwin) but
>>for clarity's sake I would like to keep the Cygwin stuff in a directory
>>of its own.
>I assume you mean the root directory of the drive on which Cygwin is
>installed, i.e.  the drive containing /:
>echo "root dir of / is $(cygpath "$(cygpath -m / | cut -b1-3)")"
>This will fail for UNC paths and so on, but you can check for that I
>suppose.  You can use any arbitrary path in place of /, but be sure to
>quote as necessary.

I wouldn't expect cygwin to be "installed" (as in a mount table
existing) when running from a removable drive, though.

In any event, if neither of the two described methods work then we'll
probably need more clarification on what is being attempted here.


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