Setup.exe Problems on Vista

Michael D. Adams
Mon Apr 23 23:41:00 GMT 2007

On 4/23/07, Dave Korn <dave.korn AT artimi DOT com> wrote:
> On 24 April 2007 00:19, Michael D. Adams wrote:
> > On 4/22/07, Brian Dessent <brian@dessent.OOOPS!> wrote:
> >>>> The workaround for this problem that I have found is to set the
> >>>> *Windows* path to include C:\cygwin\bin before running setup.exe.  So
> >>>> for example this sequence works:
> >>>>
> >>>> set PATH=C:\cygwin\bin;%PATH%
> >>>> setup.exe
> >> Just now I installed Vista under VMware to try installing Cygwin.  It
> >> worked fine using the latest version of setup.exe.  I did not have to
> >> disable UAC but it did prompt me to run as Administrator (which it does
> >> for any executable named setup.exe IIRC.)  Postinstall scripts all ran
> >> fine, sh.exe was there and there was no need to put \cygwin\bin in the
> >> PATH manually.
> >
> > I tried a fresh install of cygwin (after stashing away the old version
> > (with move, but I skipped the unmoust since I use the default mounts
> > anyway)) with setup.exe version 2.562 (from the snapshots).  Oddly,
> > while sh.exe is now being created and the prompt is the colored one
> > that Cygwin usually sets, /etc/passwd is not being created.  I am
> > uncertain whether this is the same bug manifested in a new way or if
> > it might be a new bug.  (Obligatory grumble about Vista being a pain.)
> >
> > Did you check your /etc/passwd?  I only noticed it b/c when I started
> > the shell my home directory was set to C:\Users\<my_user> instead of
> > C:\cygwin\home\<my_user>.  (C:\Users is Vista's version of what in XP
> > is C:\Documents and Settings.)
>   What's going on here could be related to security changes in the way Vista
> handles dll and executable search paths, perhaps, but that's fairly
> speculative.
>   Which reminds me.  Isn't it about time this conversation had some input from
> cygcheck on the various systems involved?

Do you just want a 'cygcheck -c' or is there another option you'd like
the output from?

Michael D. Adams

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