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Re: Username hassles

Paul Mead wrote:
"Larry Hall (Cygwin)" <reply-to-list-only-lh at cygwin dot com> writes:
<>.  Thanks.

Ownerships won't change.  You're only telling Cygwin that the name
to display for your user is "MEAD8998" rather than "paul".  The user
id (or SID in Windows) will not change (and you shouldn't change it
in '/etc/passwd').  This is all "details" but since you asked the
question, I figured the details where what you wanted. ;-)
Thanks Larry, I'll avoid changing the file in that case.

Is there any way of dealing with this problem?

And the problem is that you want the files installed by Cygwin's "setup.exe" to use "paul" instead of "MEAD8998". Yeah, that will happen because "setup.exe" is a Windows program and is going to use the Windows SID of the user installing it. If you prefer "paul" to be used, you need to do one of two things:

  1. Remove the "MEAD8998" user from your '/etc/passwd'.  It's presumably
     before the "paul" user in the file and has the same SID.

2. "chmod -R paul / /usr/bin /usr/lib"

If "MEAD8998" and "paul" exist in your '/etc/passwd' file and share the
same SID, use (1).  Otherwise, use (2).

Larry Hall                    
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A: Yes.
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