1.7.0: Getting a Windows app to run synchronously to a script from which it is invoked

Corinna Vinschen corinna-cygwin@cygwin.com
Tue Mar 24 18:56:00 GMT 2009

On Mar 24 08:37, Thrall, Bryan wrote:
> Corinna Vinschen wrote on Tuesday, March 24, 2009 5:17 AM:
> > Hmm.  What kind of "softlink" are you talking about?  Is that a
> > Windows shortcut created by Windows?  Or is that a Cygwin symlink?
> > If the latter, did you create the symlink way back when, or did you
> > create the symlink under Cygwin 1.7?  If the latter, the symlink
> > is probably not a Windows shortcut anymore, rather the other Cygwin
> > style of symlink which is a file with the SYSTEM DOS attribute set.
> > In this case it's no wonder Windows opens the file, rather than to
> > follow the shortcut to its target.  I made the change because the
> > SYSTEM type shortcuts are faster.  If you want to have the Windows
> > shortcut style symlinks back because you use them to interoperate
> > with native Windows tools, you have to set the CYGWIN=winsymlinks
> > option now.
> This is a change from 1.5, right? The 1.5 user guide says "winsimlinks"
> is the default, and the 1.7 user guide says "nowinsimlinks" is.
> It seems like this change was missed in
> http://cygwin.com/1.7/cygwin-ug-net/ov-new1.7.html

Right, it was only documented inside the User's Guide, for instance in

I'll fix that.

Thanks for the reminder,

Corinna Vinschen                  Please, send mails regarding Cygwin to
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