Cygwin filesystem

Igor Peshansky
Mon Sep 18 20:37:00 GMT 2006

On Mon, 18 Sep 2006, Jim Drash wrote:

> > >So let me get this right.  Because Windows Search is slow you want
> > >have cygwin put its files a different partition? Cygwin's setup put
> > >the files exactly where you told it.  It suggested C:\cygwin to you
> > >but you did not have to put them there.  You made the choice and it
> > >is very easy to move them if you want to.
> >
> > Be careful with what you write! I meant "to put files into a virtual
> > filesystem", not partition in > the Windows terms. You suggest
> > C:\cygwin and instead of the big folder C:\cygwin\usr there will be
> > one big file. When you run Cygwin, this file will be mounted as /usr
> > folder. Have > you ever mounted iso-images on Linux? It's absolutely
> > the same principle. You mount it into > a folder in f.ex. /mnt/iso
> > directory and access its files as on normal filesystem (be it ro or
> > rw).
> I wrote exact what I meant.  In the Cygwin Setup it asks for
> Installation Root directory.  You don't have to have that set to
> C:\cygwin, you can put it anywhere as long as Windows sees it as a valid
> windows directory.  The mounts are controlled via a registry entry or
> via a mount command. If you originally put them on C:\cygwin, you can
> copy files to the new directory and edit the registry and change the
> cygwin.bat.

A correction here: you should use the mount/umount commands to change the
mount points.  The fact that they are in the registry doesn't mean that
they always will be, and editing the registry directly is always a poor
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