Device names in /proc/mounts

Corinna Vinschen
Fri Jul 29 20:16:00 GMT 2011

On Jul 29 15:34, Schwarz, Konrad wrote:
> > > Can you answer the following question:
> > > 
> > > Given a volume label, how does one figure out where the 
> > corresponding 
> > > volume has been mounted into the Cygwin namespace?
> > 
> > We're not mounting volumes, we're mounting Win32 paths.  
> > There is no direct correspondence between volumes and Cygwin 
> > mount points.
> When a person inserts removable media (USB memory stick, optical disk, ...),
> Windows assigns a more-or-less random drive letter.
> Cygwin automatically makes this drive letter available
> under /cygdrive/ (or whatever the user has renamed /cygdrive to).
> Given a (unique) volume label or disk UUID, blk_id(8) on
> both Linux and Cygwin tells you the disk and partition
> in /dev/sdXY format.

It does?  Interesting.  Where does it get the data under Cygwin?

> In Linux, you can look up the mount point for device /dev/sdXY
> in /proc/mounts or in the output of mount(8).  Thus, given
> a volume label, you can figure out where to access the files
> on the volume.
> How do you do that in Cygwin?

ls /cygdrive.  Insert the disk.  ls /cygdrive again.  There's a new
directory entry now.

Or, open the "Computer" Window on your desktop.


Corinna Vinschen                  Please, send mails regarding Cygwin to
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