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RE: Where are mount points stored?
- From: "Joaquin" <winminion at realmspace dot com>
- To: <cygwin at cygwin dot com>
- Date: Fri, 5 Dec 2003 23:25:33 -0800
- Subject: RE: Where are mount points stored?
Well. What happens if the "mount" and reg query are different? In QA,
I heard so many times that "It should have worked!?". Also, knowing how
things work increases understanding, so that I can peak at how other
things work. Anyways, I don't advise keeping people ignorant as
practice. It's better to encourage people to think for themselves and
explore, so they don't come begging for help all the time, at least
that's what I try to encourage... (especially in IT)
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Igor Pechtchanski [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
> Sent: Friday, December 05, 2003 6:38 AM
> To: Joaquin
> Cc: email@example.com
> Subject: RE: Where are mount points stored?
> Ok, so (1) is curiousity. As for (2), why not simply run
> "mount" instead of the reg query? It will give you the same
> exact information.
> On Thu, 4 Dec 2003, Joaquin wrote:
> > No. For one (1) I don't want to be ignorant and want to learn how
> > things work. Secondly (2) this helps me find diagnose and isolate
> > problems. I found weird behavior with Japanese Windows XP
> Home, where
> > a mount point is being auto-created. This would help me diagnose
> > exactly when this is happening. I could do a reg query between
> > operations.
> > - Joaquin
> > > The main question is (seriously): why do you care? If
> it's simply
> > > to satisfy your curiousity, the mounts are stored (for
> the moment)
> > > in registry keys, as you could have found out by reading
> the Cygwin
> > > sources (namely winsup/cygwin/path.cc). However, when
> people find
> > > this out they usually start wanting to go into the registry and
> > > change the mounts there, and that's unacceptable[*]. So,
> here's a
> > > big
> > > DISCLAIMER: do not attempt to change the mounts via
> regedit or other
> > > registry editing software. Always use "mount" to change
> your mounts.
> > > That way, you won't be blindsided when mounts do move to
> /etc/fstab or
> > > something.
> > > Igor
> > > [*] The only legitimate use of the registry mount knowledge
> > > that I can think of is checking whether there are user mounts
> > > for the SYSTEM user (there shouldn't be).
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