draft FAQ update: "Using Cygwin"

David Starks-Browning starksb@ebi.ac.uk
Fri Jun 9 08:13:00 GMT 2000


Greetings,

I am working on the "Question and Answer" chapter of the faq.  This is
essentially < http://sourceware.cygnus.com/cygwin/faq/faq_5.html >.  It
had been divided into 5 sections:

	1) Where can I get more information?
	2) Installation and Setup
	3) Using Cygwin Releases
	4) Cygwin API Questions
	5) Programming Questions

Section #1 is already updated.  I will get rid of #2 (there is already
a separate chapter deveoted to installation and setup) and merge any
relevant questions into #3, which I will rename to "Using Cygwin".

I'm working on "Using Cygwin" now.  You can preview what I've got so
far at < http://www.ebi.ac.uk/~starksb/cygwin/faq_5.html#SEC22 >, but
it's far from complete.  Could experts have a look?  If it still says
"has not yet been updated for the latest net release" then I don't
know what to do with it.  (Delete it?  Leave as is?  Revise it?)

One section in particular is giving me trouble: "How can I access
other drives" at

	< http://www.ebi.ac.uk/~starksb/cygwin/faq_5.html#SEC33 >.

I'm trying to improve upon the current entry at

	< http://sourceware.cygnus.com/cygwin/faq/faq_5.html#SEC40 >

by adding some of my own observations, and just plain *guessing*.  Am
I on the right track, particular with the warning about ambiguous
mount points?  Should I include this remark from the original FAQ
entry:
	This is done with textual substitution whenever a file is
	opened. So if you're going to do "ls /c/bar" on a mount like
	the above the guts will turn that into "ls c:/bar".

This contradicts my statement that Cygwin will convert the Windows
path to the posix path (which is probably the statement that's wrong).

It looks like //f/ (for accessing f:/) has been officially disabled,
correct?

Are UNC	paths in textmode, like /cygdrive?

Thanks for helping me with this.

Regards,
David

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