tar cygwin64/ from old to new computer?

Andrey Repin anrdaemon@yandex.ru
Sun Nov 25 18:50:00 GMT 2018

Greetings, Lester Ingber!

> I'd like to simply transfer my cygwin64/ directory from my old Thinkpad
> to my new Thinkpad, both running Win 10 x64 Pro.  E.g., I would put my
> old c:/cygwin64/ onto a flash SSD USB drive e:/ .
> cd c:/
> tar cfp - cygwin64 > e:/cygwin64.tar &
> Then e:/cygwin64.tar would be mounted on my new computer.

> I'm assuming that there is not actual install required,

Depends what you mean by "install".
One of the postinstall processes is DLL rebasing, which is crucial for working
Cygwin installation.

> e.g., having to run setup-x86_64.exe first on the new computer?

I strongly suggest installing anew, as other prople suggested.
You can take a shortcut by pulling the installed.db out of old setup, but take

And yes, backing up your existing installation is still a good idea.

With best regards,
Andrey Repin
Sunday, November 25, 2018 21:46:59

Sorry for my terrible english...

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