Question about UAC and bash/cygwin

Corinna Vinschen
Thu Aug 16 12:27:00 GMT 2012

On Aug 16 07:06, Lord Laraby wrote:
>  My, major emphasis is recognizing in the Cygwin dll
> or startup code somewhere) that the user has full Administrator rights
> and simply replacing his normal UID with 0 (or that of whomever root
> seems to be by /etc/passwd). Internally (at cygwin.dll level) he/she
> is still the same user, but the desired effects would be that bash and
> others might change his prompt to '#' and that scripts can check for
> admin rights and files he/she created would become owned by UID 0 (or
> the Administrators group).

What is it good for to have uid 0?  You want to know if you have admin
rights, so why don't you simply check for the admin group in the
supplementary group list?

Here's what I do in my tcsh ~/.cshrc profile to set the prompt:

  id -G | egrep -q '\<544\>' && set prompt = '#  || set prompt = '\$ '


Corinna Vinschen                  Please, send mails regarding Cygwin to
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