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

Andy Koppe andy.koppe@gmail.com
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
>> http://cygwin.com/1.7/cygwin-ug-net/using.html#mount-table 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.

Andy

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