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Re: Username hassles

Paul Mead wrote:
"Larry Hall (Cygwin)" <> writes:

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).
I seem to have 'MEAD8998' and not 'paul'. And I'm guessing that your
option 2 would have do be done more than once, as it doesn't change how
setup.exe is installing files.

'setup.exe' installs files with the user name of the user that invoked 'setup.exe' so depending on who you update your Cygwin installation as, you may need to do this again. Obviously, it would be preferable to do the updates as the same user as you want to "own" the files. ;-)

In that case, it would probably be better all round if I use MEAD8998
throughout and drop 'paul', at least on that machine.

So, I've tried to find where the user 'paul' is coming from and can't
find anywhere to change that either. Where is the current username held,
and how can I change it?

Cygwin gets user names from the '/etc/passwd' file.

Perhaps you have a local user 'paul' on your machine?

Larry Hall                    
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