Window shortcut to launch a Mintty login bash on a given directory

Andy Koppe
Mon Aug 2 11:48:00 GMT 2010

On 1 August 2010 15:16, JOHNER Jean 066030 wrote:
> On 31 July 2010 15:00, Andy Koppe wrote:
>> The window title is changed to the working directory as part of the
>> shell prompt, i.e. the PS1 variable, which is set in /etc/profile.
>> It's the initial part of it that does it:
>> \[\e]0;\w\a\]
>> So you could change PS1 to something more to your liking in
>> ~/.bash_profile.
>> Alternatively, you could mount (part of) the "D:/Documents and
>> settings/User_name/My documents/foobar" path to a shorter POSIX path
>> in /etc/fstab or /etc/fstab.d/$USER. See
>> for
>> details.
>> You might also want to consider making it your official home
>> directory, in which case it would be abbreviated to a tilde in the
>> title.
>> (This isn't mintty-specific of course.)
> Thank you, I will study that more closely.
> Btw, I read your minty man where you warn that /etc/profile puts the
> folder to $HOME. Perhaps it would be useful that you also describe the
> recipe at that place.

Not sure. This is all about /etc/profile (i.e. the base-files package)
and affects all terminals, so the Cygwin User's Guide would seem the
appropriate place for any additional documentation. The /etc/fstab and
mount table stuff of course is already in there. Also, I haven't
actually got a definitive recipe, just a bunch of suggestions. In the
end, if you go off the beaten track (of using the standard home
directory), you do have to be prepared to find your own way.


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