Conflict if same username local and in domain

David Balažic
Sat Oct 31 10:56:54 GMT 2020

I don't have any of  /user /users /User /Users folders on my setup.
Do you mean C:\Users ?

Even if I symlink it, won't that just change the location, but not the
used usernames?

As for /etc/passwd , I don't have that file.
/etc/nsswitch.conf  is empty (only comments).

It is basically a fresh cygwin (64) installation with default settings.


On Thu, 29 Oct 2020 at 21:42, L A Walsh <> wrote:
> On 2020/10/29 05:39, David Balažic via Cygwin wrote:
> > Hi!
> >
> > I started Cygwin Terminal to find out, I landed in the other users
> > home folder and have no write access.
> >
> ----
>     I have the same username, but not the same "home" directory.
> The user that signs in 1st gets the short name, the 2nd login gets
> the domain or system name appended like
> /users/linda/local-account
> /users/linda.domain/domain account.
>     Both of the user names have uniq windows UUID's and I have both in my
> /etc/passwd.
>     The two directories SHARE many of the same files -- so both my logins
> are in a common 'local' group (like 'lindaGroup'), and since the machine
> is in the domain, I can create a 'domain\lindagroup' and on my local
> machine, both logins are in that group -- for that matter, the domain group
> is also in the local group -- so theoretically I could just put both logins
> in the domain group.
> Anwyay, it DOES work -- it just has to be configured right.
> So you say you got /home/joe for both -- but don't they have a /user
> directory
> that is different for each?
> just point your /home/=>/User, or if you really want them separate, then
> have /home/joe point to /Users/joe/home, and the domain should get
> joe.dom so /home/joe.dom => /Users/joe.dom/home.
> I started with my /home dir pointed at my the same dir as my /users dir, so
> by default, windows separated them.
> Both my userid and username are different -- have 2 entries in /etc/passwd:
> Bliss\linda:*:5013:201:L A
> Walsh,U-Bliss\linda,S-1-5-21-33333-77777-33333-5013:/Users/linda.Bliss:/bin/bash
> linda:*:1000:1015:U-Athenae\linda,S-1-5-21-188-75-11-1000:/Users/linda:/bin/bash

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