home path for cygwin 1.7.9 is acting funny

Larry Hall (Cygwin) reply-to-list-only-lh@cygwin.com
Tue Oct 25 23:24:00 GMT 2011

On 10/25/2011 11:13 AM, Matthew Smith wrote:
> I installed to "c:\personal\cygwin" on my windows xp machine.
> If I open a command prompt and type "echo %HOME%", I get "C:\Documents
> and Settings\Matt"
> If I then start an ssh connection from DOS (not the Cygwin program), I
> get an error at the beginning of the connection initiation that states
> "Could not create directory 'C/.ssh'."
> This means that I can never save the certificate of the server I
> always ssh to so I always have to manually accept the connection.
> Here's the really odd thing:  If I start cygwin in another window and
> then come back to my regular dos screen and run the ssh connection
> again, I don't get this error.  If I re-examine the %HOME% path in the
> DOS window while cygwin is running, it still looks the same.
> I have searched exhaustively on this topic and the one solution that
> keeps coming up is to make sure your /etc/passwd file inside of cygwin
> points to the home path.  Mine seems to because my entry ends with:
> ":/cygdrive/c/Documents and Settings/matt:/bin/bash"

Mount your path above as /home/matt, update your '/etc/passwd' file, and
try again.  Spaces in paths are likely causing you to trip and fall.



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