Junctions != Symlinks; Treat Junctions as MS-FS mounts; MS-symlinks are symlinks

L A Walsh cygwin@tlinx.org
Sun Mar 12 00:03:00 GMT 2017

cyg Simple wrote:
> On 3/10/2017 4:01 PM, L A Walsh wrote:
>>    I want to be able to mount other areas of other file
>> systems onto directories.  Symlinks are destroyed by Cygwin's
>> SETUP.EXE and the install process For example.  I have
>> a smallish "/usr" partition, but a large "/Users" partition.
>> "/usr/share" grew to hold more and more data over time, and
>> currently is using 16G, all by itself.  My "/usr" partition is
>> 15GB with 4.7GB free, 11G used.  So I needed to split
>> "/usr/share" off to somewhere else.  I don't have room for another
>> drive, but I do have room on "/Users".  So tell me,
>> why shouldn't I be able to create "/Users/share" and mount
>> "/Users/share" at "/usr/share"?
> Linda, I'm not trying to reject what you're saying which I find very
> sound.  But for this scenario why not just use an entry in /etc/fstab
> similar to the below example?
    I want my filesystem views between Windows and Cygwin to be
the same, as they, for the most part, are as I have:

 > mount -p
Prefix              Type         Flags
/                   user         binmode

So in cygwin /m/foo == M:\foo in windows and
//server/pathname in cygwin == \\server\pathname in Windows.

I use cygwin to manage my windows installation to some degree.

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