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Re: How to change "/" from textmode to binmode?

At 02:15 PM 4/24/00, Earnie Boyd wrote:
>--- Richard Stanton <> wrote:
> > Following up on the exchange below, I find I can't change / back from text
> > to binmode, mainly because I can't unmount it, even though umount doesn't
> > complain:
> > 
> > c:\>umount /
> > 
> > c:\>mount
> > Device              Directory           Type         Flags
> > c:\cygnus\usr       /usr                user         binmode
> > c:\cygnus\bin       /usr/bin            user         binmode
> > c:\cygnus\lib       /usr/lib            user         binmode
> > \\.\tape0:          /dev/st0            user         textmode
> > \\.\tape1:          /dev/st1            user         textmode
> > \\.\a:              /dev/fd0            user         textmode
> > \\.\b:              /dev/fd1            user         textmode
> > C:                  /                   user         textmode
> > 
> > c:\>
> > 
> > How can I change / from textmode back to binmode if I want to do so?
> > 
>Gee, I haven't seen this discussed for months/years.  The reason that it
>appears you can't umount / is simple.  The initialization of the Cygwin1.dll
>will create the / directory mount if it doesn't exist.  You actually do remove
>the entry for / with the umount; however, when you do mount to check to see if
>it's gone it gets added back during the initialization.  This has been resolved
>by today's version of mount which uses a -f switch to replace the existing
>entry.  I.E.: mount -f -b c:/ / would add make c:/ the root with binary mode
>processing as the default.
>    Earnie Boyd: <>
>             __Cygwin: POSIX on Windows__
>Cygwin Newbies: <>
>            __Minimalist GNU for Windows__
>   Mingw32 List: <>
>     Mingw Home: <>

Earnie's quite right with his description (of not only the problem and 
solution but also the note of the nice respite this question has had!;-))
One thing he didn't mention that's worth noting is that the initialization
which remounts / to c: only happens if you umount and try to remount outside
bash/sh (i.e. from the DOS prompt.)


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