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# Re: Determining the location of a Cygwin installation

Andrew DeFaria wrote:
Elfyn McBratney wrote:

But as cgf (the Really Cool Manager) said the registry keys are not to be relied on as they might not be there forever.

Yeah but what I'm saying is that there should be a commitment to at least one registry entry which denotes the [active] installation path of Cygwin. IOW I was sort of requesting it. Again, it's only my opinion. But to me it seems logical that you gotta know where to start... and the registry is there, partially for such a purpose....

What do you mean by [active]? It is possible to have multiple cygwins installed. The easiest way would be to have 2 different users install local for "Just Me".

And about searching for "bin/cygwin1.dll". You could first try "C:\cygwin\bin\" (which should match 99% of all cases), and only if that fails, look for the DLL the hard way.

-Rolf

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