$USER is not resolved in paths sometimes

Andrey Repin anrdaemon@freemail.ru
Sat Feb 23 15:20:00 GMT 2013

Greetings, Thomas Deinhamer!

>> Thomas Deinhamer<thasmo@gmail.com>  wrote:
>>> ....
>>> I'm new to Cygwin, new to this newsgroup too. ;)
>>> I'm running Cygwin and using the zsh shell.
>>> In the .zshrc file I got these lines:
>>> alias vboxmanage=VBoxManage
>>> vboxmanage setproperty machinefolder "C:\Users\$USER\VirtualBox VMs\"
>>> When I try to boot a VM using vagrant (which
>>> uses vboxmanage internally I think) sometimes
>>> $USER is not resolved to the real username.
>>> Instead vboxmanage creates a new machinefolder
>>> on C:/ which is then called "Users$USER" and
>>> inside this folder there is the folder "VirtualBox VMs",
>>> so the wrong path is "C:\Users$USER\VirtualBox VMs\".
>>> How could that be? Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.
>>> Do I need to escape the backslashes or is
>>> there anything else I need to take care of?
>>> I'm wondering why it only fails sometimes.
>> I agree with Achim.  Don't use Microsoft Windows paths.
>> Cygwin has a function called cygpath which is very handy to use to convert paths and use in zsh and other shell scripts
>> In zsh, using zsh syntax, I use it like this:
>> Convert the first argument to a micrsoft window format pathname
>>     winpath=$(cygpath -w $1)
>> or to convert a Windows formatted pathname to unix like do:
>>      fname=$(cygpath -w ${windows-type-ifname})
>> a hardcoded filename would be
>>      fname=$(cygpath -w ${C:\miscrosoft\windows-type-ifname.abc})
>> * you may need to quote the flename to escape : or \....

> VirtualBox is installed via Windows,
> that's why I thought that the setting
> for "machinepath" needs to be a
> Windows-like path, no?

Path must be same as the environment it's used in.
In mixed environment, s.a. calling native windows programs from within cygwin
scripts, use -m option.

Also, please don't top-post.

Andrey Repin (anrdaemon@freemail.ru) 23.02.2013, <19:02>

Sorry for my terrible english...

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