bash from local mounted drive with subst command

Takashi Yano
Sun Feb 20 23:41:52 GMT 2022

On Sun, 20 Feb 2022 22:38:53 +0100
Claude TETE wrote:
> A bash in a local mounted drive, use realpath instead of mounted one
> for all child processes.
> Example, mount a local folder on Z: drive, go in there and run any
> external command:
> $ subst Z: C:\\Users
> $ cd /cygdrive/z/
> $ /bin/pwd
> /cygdrive/c/Users
> Expected
> /cygdrive/w

This is since:

commit 19d59ce75d5301ae167b421111d77615eb307aa7
Author: Corinna Vinschen <>
Date:   Fri May 7 16:07:03 2021 +0200

    Cygwin: path_conv: Rework handling native symlinks as inner path components

    commit 456c3a46386f was only going half-way.  It handled symlinks and
    junction points as inner path components and made realpath return the
    correct path, but it ignored drive letter substitution, i. e., virtual
    drives created with, e. g.

      subst X: C:\foo\bar

    It was also too simple.  Just returning an error code from
    symlink_info::check puts an unnecessary onus on the symlink evaluation
    loop in path_conv::check.

    Rework the code to use GetFinalPathNameByHandle, and only do this after
    checking the current file for being a symlink failed.

    If the final path returned by GetFinalPathNameByHandle is not the same
    as the incoming path, replace the incoming path with the POSIXified
    final path.  This also short-circuits path evaluation, because
    path_conv::check doesn't have to recurse over the inner path components
    multiple times if all symlinks are of a native type, while still getting
    the final path as end result.

    Virtual drives are now handled like symlinks.  This is a necessary change
    from before to make sure virtual drives are handled identically across
    different access methods.  An example is realpath(1) from coreutils.  It
    doesn't call readlink(2), but iterates over all path components using
    lstat/readlink calls.  Both methods should result in the same real path.

    Fixes: 456c3a46386f ("path_conv: Try to handle native symlinks more sanely")
    Signed-off-by: Corinna Vinschen <>

The behaviour is by design. Does this cause any practical issue?

Takashi Yano <>

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