Upgrade to cygwin 1.7 seemed to trash bash profile, path
Fri May 29 20:11:00 GMT 2009
On Fri, May 29, 2009 at 9:16 AM, Larry Hall wrote:
> Aaron Humphrey wrote:
>> So, in the end, reinstalling didn't do much. And I got a bunch of
>> "Cannot open (null) for reading" (error not guaranteed to be
>> accurate), usually when it was trying to install gzipped man pages or
>> something. (Times like these I wonder why I persist in downloading
>> every cygwin package on the mirror when I use only a fraction of them.
>> Compulsive behaviour, I guess.)
> Perhaps there is something interesting to be found in setup.log.full.
Could be; I didn't have to a chance to look at it.
> My impression is that you were installing from the Internet rather
> than downloading and then installing. Is that right?
I was, and I had chosen a different mirror last time I installed so it
had to re-download more than it really needed to. I did also get the
message that the download had not completed properly, but when I asked
it to rerun it only downloaded two packages and then got the same
>> In any case, I was able to fix the problem by recreating /etc/profile
>> from /etc/skel. Why /etc/profile got trashed by the upgrade to 1.7, I
>> don't know, but apparently it did. So now I once again have PATH
>> initialized properly and my bash prompt looks normal.
I think I meant /etc/defaults here, not /etc/skel.
> Was there an '/etc/profile' file in any form before you recreated it?
No, there wasn't. I don't remember if I had ever modified it before
it got trashed, either.
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