Mon Dec 8 14:30:00 GMT 2003
On Mon, 8 Dec 2003, Morrison, John wrote:
> Igor Pechtchanski wrote:
> > On Mon, 8 Dec 2003, Corinna Vinschen wrote:
> >> Hi,
> >> There are a bunch of applications, which, for security reasons, want
> >> to set $PATH to a fixed value. This approach is a bit tricky on
> >> Windows, since the needed paths to the Windows system directories
> >> are not fixed values as it's on POSIX systems. A lot of
> >> applications are falling back to values like _PATH_DEFPATH or
> >> _PATH_STDPATH and use them to set $PATH before starting another
> >> application. Sshd, login, cron are just three of them. The current
> >> patches to all three applications are so that the code which sets
> >> $PATH before exec'ing another process is not executed when built for
> >> Cygwin.
> >> I think a better approach is this: Let's generalize the idea of a
> >> fixed path to the Windows system directories. I suggest, that one
> >> of the base install scripts creates a symlink "/WINDOWS" like this:
> >> ln -s `cygpath -m "$WINDIR"` /WINDOWS
> >> This allows to keep the above described code to set $PATH in the
> >> affected tools, just by redefining, say _PATH_DEFPATH like this:
> >> #ifdef _PATH_DEFPATH
> >> #undef _PATH_DEFPATH
> >> #define _PATH_DEFPATH "/usr/bin:/bin:/WINDOWS/system32:/WINDOWS:/WINDOWS/COMMAND/WINDOWS/system32/Wbem"
> >> #endif
> >> which contains both, NT and 9x paths. We could perhaps even change
> >> /usr/include/paths.h to reflect this, at one point.
> >> Opinions?
> >> Corinna
> > FWIW, I agree that it's a good idea to have a fixed pointer to the
> > windows directory, but I don't think "/" is the right place to have
> > it. Could we make it "/mnt/WINDOWS" or "/opt/WINDOWS" or something?
> > I don't like cluttering up the root directory unnecessarily...
> I like the /mnt idea :)
> I'd also like it to have /cygdrive/[insert drive letter here]/
> as /mnt/[insert drive letter here]/ too (possibly instead of?)
> PS, I know I can change what /cygdrive is refered to as.
That's what I use on my machine:
c: on /mnt/c type user (binmode)
|\ _,,,---,,_ email@example.com
ZZZzz /,`.-'`' -. ;-;;,_ firstname.lastname@example.org
|,4- ) )-,_. ,\ ( `'-' Igor Pechtchanski, Ph.D.
'---''(_/--' `-'\_) fL a.k.a JaguaR-R-R-r-r-r-.-.-. Meow!
"I have since come to realize that being between your mentor and his route
to the bathroom is a major career booster." -- Patrick Naughton
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