reseting HOME directory

Larry Hall (Cygwin)
Tue Oct 28 22:32:00 GMT 2008

mcbenus wrote:
> Hi,
> I found similar past posts here, but could not totally understand the
> answers.  For some reason, my HOME directory has changed one day from
> /home/USER to /cygdrive/c/Documents and Settings/USER (I guess imported from
> the windows settings).  At the same time a program I am running using cygwin
> started to much slower than before.  I don't know if the two problems are
> related, but first I would like to set my HOME directory back to /Home/USER.  
> I saw people referring to /etc/profile file, or the BASH_PROFILE file in my
> (original) home directory, but I could not understand what exactly I should
> write in them.  I would greatly appreciate your advices.  I do not master
> linux/cygwin, so if you try to answer, please consider that :)

Check to see if HOME is set as an environment variable in Windows.  Sounds
to me like the change happened outside of Cygwin.  Something setting this
outside Cygwin is what I suspect.  If you find it set there, just get rid
of it.  If that doesn't work or you're forced to make the change on the
Cygwin side, just edit the '/etc/passwd' file to have the proper path
for USER.  It should be easy for you to find the right spot in
'/etc/passwd' to make this change, given that you know the path you
don't want. ;-)

Larry Hall                    
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