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RE: Installing in root (was Re: Linux Journal Cygwin article)
- From: "Dave Korn" <dave dot korn at artimi dot com>
- To: <cygwin at cygwin dot com>
- Date: Tue, 8 Feb 2005 14:43:32 -0000
- Subject: RE: Installing in root (was Re: Linux Journal Cygwin article)
> -----Original Message-----
> From: cygwin-owner On Behalf Of Brian Dessent
> Sent: 08 February 2005 08:12
> linda w wrote:
> > Perhaps he has read that many developers and users on this list
> > use "C:\" as the root diretory and have no problems. I had the
> > impression that the advice to install into a subdirectory was more
> > of a Covering One's Behind (COB?) when presenting cygwin as
> a commercial
> > solution to vendors. I find it more useful to have it in the root
> > directory, as I use my cygwin tools and shell to manage my
> XP machine
> > instead of the Windows tools. I have yet to run into a problem
> > with conflicting software ...
> Sorry but that's a horrible idea. I would never want to do that
> personally. If you install Cygwin as a subdirectory for itself it's
> much easier to delete, backup, modify, etc. For example if you need
> multiple installations around for testing you just "umount -A", rename
> the dir to something else, and reinstall a new one.
> If you want /home on Cygwin and windows to match then just
> mount it that
> way. You can mount things however you want them, but that
> doesn't mean
> you have to have the files physically in the root dir. Mount
> on /windows, c:\documents and settings\ on /home, whatever. That's no
> justification for installing Cygwin in the root directory.
</ZIPPY> Yow! Confusing the root directory of a single drive with the root of
an entire filesystem tree gives me cognitive dissonance! </ZIPPY>
Can't think of a witty .sigline today....
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