redefining $HOME

Jeff Hawk
Tue Apr 10 18:23:00 GMT 2007

What I do is to always use the "short name" version of the directories in $HOME and $PATH. It's a little bit of a pain because some programs put the long name in the path when they install, so every time I update iTunes (for example) I have to fix the path.

The short names are still available on Windows 2000 and XP (Vista?).


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Cygwin On Behalf
> Of Eric Backus
> Sent: Tuesday, April 10, 2007 1:04 PM
> To:
> Subject: Re: redefining $HOME
> Gustavo Seabra <gustavo.seabra <at>> writes:
> > Hi all,
> >
> > I was wondering if it is possible to use the windows folder "My
> > Documents" or even "C:\Documents and Settings\USERNAME" (or some dir
> > inside those) as the hoe directory in Cygwin. I though about
> > substituting the user directory inside /home by a symlink to one of the
> > above. Is there any reason that wouldn't work? Is there a better way to
> > do it?
> >
> > The reason I am thinking about it is just practical: I want to have all
> > my files (Windows or Cygwin) under one root.
> >
> > Thanks a lot
> >
> > Gustavo.
> Yes, you can do this.  I've done this for years by
> putting "/cygdrive/c/Documents and Settings/ericjb/My Documents"
> into /etc/passwd.  This works well, though every once in awhile you might
> find
> a shell script which doesn't correctly handle spaces in paths.  (Such a
> script
> is broken, and should be fixed.)  I can't even remember the last time I
> ran
> into that though, most scripts don't use $HOME.
> --
> Eric
> --

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