RFC: 1.7.33 problem with user's home directory

Corinna Vinschen corinna-cygwin@cygwin.com
Tue Nov 11 09:33:00 GMT 2014

On Nov 10 23:19, Warren Young wrote:
> On Nov 10, 2014, at 6:38 PM, Jeffrey Altman <jaltman@secure-endpoints.com> wrote:
> > My personal preference would be for the Cygwin Home directory to be
> > created under
> > 
> >  %HOMEPATH%\AppData\Roaming\Cygwin
> That’s certainly the way you’re *supposed* to do it on Windows.
> There’s some value in using %USERPROFILE% for this, however:
> 1. c:\Users\ShortName is directly analogous to /home/shortname on
> Linux or /Users/ShortName on OS X.
> 2. Recent versions of Windows have given up on the “My” prefix for the
> main directories within your user profile directory which happens to
> make them match the scheme used on Ubuntu, Fedora, OS X, etc.  Finger
> memory like “cd ~/Desktop” will serve you better if Cygwin doesn’t
> bury the user directory underneath AppData somewhere.
> You can paper over #2 with symlinks, of course, as I already do while
> using the current c:\cygwin\home scheme.  It would just be nice to
> avoid the need to create those symlinks.  Symlinks don’t always behave
> exactly the same as real directories, for one thing.

Use mount points in /etc/fstab or /etc/fstab.d.  Mount points usually
behave like real directories.


Corinna Vinschen                  Please, send mails regarding Cygwin to
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