Why do file permissions change after editing a file with vim?

Larry Hall (Cygwin) reply-to-list-only-lh@cygwin.com
Tue Nov 27 06:45:00 GMT 2007

Ross Jordan wrote:
> It would seem Larry Hall (Cygwin), on Tue, Nov 13, 2007 at 01:22:56PM -0500, wrote:
>> Ross Jordan wrote:
>>> When I modify files with cygwin's vim, they become inaccessible. It seems 
>>> the
>>> permissions are getting changed when I save the file. Any idea why this is
>>> happening? This does not happen from a bash shell, only when I directly
>>> launch vim from a windows cmd.exe window. See below.
>> The same steps on XP don't show the same problem.  Can't test Vista here.
>> Does setting 'nontsec' in your CYGWIN environment variable (and stopping 
>> all
>> Cygwin processes)?
> Setting CYGWIN=nontsec solves the problem for me.

Sounds like you're suffering from:


If so, an alternate "solution" is to not work in your Windows home directory
(under c:\users).

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A: Yes.
 > Q: Are you sure?
 >> A: Because it reverses the logical flow of conversation.
 >>> Q: Why is top posting annoying in email?

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