R: Question about cygwin installation and folder permissions

Vincent Richomme forumer@smartmobili.com
Mon Nov 29 09:51:00 GMT 2010

> Greetings, Vincent Richomme!
>>>> run setup and choose the directory you want
>>>> the default proposal is c:\cygwin
>>> To add:
>>> Strongly advised against paths with spaces or national letters.
>> Again I was not very clear I don't want to know how to install cygwin
>> because even a monkey can do it.
>> No what I want to know is in the installer how do you change folder
>> permissions, what kind of API, is it done by the installer or by some post
>> install script...
> Erm, wat? Sorry, but I quite don't understand, what the end-result you want?
> Cygwin is installed in userspace. You could even install it in your profile
> directory (assuming you're on Vista/W7).
>> Where can I find cygwin installer sources if it's done by it.
>> Actually I built a custom installer for msys/mingw-w64 and when I
>> install it in C:/Developer/MaxGW, if I run it without permissions I cannot
>> create new folder :
>> mkdir: cannot create directory `/home': Permission denied
>> cp: cannot create regular file `/home/Vincent/.inputrc': No such file
>> or direry
>> bash: cd: /home/Vincent: No such file or directory
> Then you don't have permissions to write to that folder.
>> It means I usually have to run my application using administrator
>> rights but I don't like to do this.
>> Cygwin seems to allow user to create folder inside its installation
>> path so I would like to know how it's possible.
> Sorry my, is this question regarding Cygwin, or msys?

Forget my question because it's not the right place here but
my remark about README is related to cygwin.
So I don't care but it wouldn't hurt to update your document.

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