Missing APPDATA var in env of ssh sessions?

Charles Wilson cygwin@cwilson.fastmail.fm
Wed Aug 11 12:09:00 GMT 2010

On 8/11/2010 4:01 AM, Corinna Vinschen wrote:
> On Aug 11 00:23, Charles Wilson wrote:
>> Can ssh (or is it cygwin1.dll?) ensure that the user's APPDATA variable
>> is populated, since it appears to be a pretty important var for Windows
>> Vista+?
> In `man sshd' see the LOGIN PROCESS and SSHRC sections, as well as the
> In `man sshd_config' see the descriptions for AcceptEnv and
> PermitUserEnvironment.

Thanks. I was able to get the desired behavior by;

1) adding 'PermitUserEnvironment yes' to /etc/sshd_config
2) restarting sshd, and
3) Adding a new file, ~/.ssh/environment, with the following content

Then, logging in via ssh, the new environment has the correct value, and
"mingw-get" doesn't litter my CWD with %APPDATA% directories.

I was thinking this facility might be made the default via updates to
ssh-user-config and ssh-host-config, but 'PermitUserEnvironment' carries
a pretty severe warning in 'man sshd_config', so probably not.

Those affected will probably find this thread, and the solution, for


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