registry's role, or "must I install on client madhines"

morgan gangwere
Mon May 28 23:26:00 GMT 2007

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Joseph Michaud wrote:
> Christopher Faylor wrote:
>> On Wed, May 23, 2007 at 10:00:49AM -0400, Joseph Michaud wrote:
>>> I have cygwin installed on a Windows share.  I'm trying to use it
>>> from another Windows client machine (on which it was never installed)
>>> by simply running the bash executable using the UNC path
>>> (//share/cygwin/bin/bash.exe -l -i).  This isn't working.
>>> ...
>>> The only other thing I can think of is that the registry is
>>> being set up when you do an install and that these registry entries
>>> are required when bash is invoked.
>>> Are registry entries referenced when running bash?
>> Cygwin, (somewhat) like linux, sets up a mount table which creates a
>> root directory, bin directory and other directories.  You can see what's
>> created by typing "mount".
>> The fact that this information is stored in the registry is irrelevant
>> (and WILL change eventually).  You should use the mount command to
>> see how things are set up.
>>> Is it possible to setup cygwin so that it may be used from a share
>>> without having been installed on the client machine?
>> Possibly.  You don't absolutely need the mount table (with the possible
>> exception of /tmp) but, if you want to have bash set things up
>> automatically, you will need to investigate how bash works, set the
>> appropriate environment variables, and use the appropriate command line
>> switches.
>> info bash
>> may help.  Also check out "man mount" paying particular attention to
>> "mount -m".
> Bingo!  That's the trick.  As soon as I ran the appropriate mount
> commands on my client machines (specifying //share/cygwin...)
> everything worked.
> Thanks.
> Joe
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windows has a way to make //server/share/ mounts look like g:\ filesystems
just open up Windows Explorer and check out "Tools/Mount Network Drive"
an easy hack to make the system coherent is to use some tool like
partitionMagic to make the boot drive something like "U:\" and have
cygwin installed in "U:\Cygwin\Cygwin" - on the client machines, mount
the network drive onto "U" and it'll run like a charm.

convoluted but failsafe

just a thought,
Morgan Gangwere
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