bash very slow in cygwin 1.7.16-1 Win7/64 bit

Ken Brown
Mon Oct 1 17:27:00 GMT 2012

On 10/1/2012 12:55 PM, Adam Kessel wrote:
> On Mon, Oct 1, 2012 at 12:39 PM, Ken Brown <> wrote:
>>>> Did you at least try chainging your ${HOME} to somewhere normal and
>>>> seeing
>>>> what happens?  Perhaps SkyDrive has some feature that makes Cygwin crazy.
>>>> For example, your cygwin could have inotify listeners on ${HOME} which
>>>> could
>>> Yeah, I tried setting ${HOME} to /cygdrive/c and "c:\" and even just
>>> "/" with no change in results.
>> I don't know if this has anything to do with your problem, but I wouldn't
>> call any of these settings of $HOME "normal".  I think most people leave
>> $HOME unset, in which case it gets set to /home/username during a Cygwin
>> session.
> At least in my experience, standard cygwin install doesn't create
> anything under /home.

In a standard Cygwin install, the script 
/etc/postinstall/ runs 'mkpasswd -l -c > 
/etc/passwd', which sets the home directory for each user.  Normally 
this is /home/username, but you can check it by looking at /etc/passwd. 
  Then the first time you start a shell, /etc/profile creates the home 
directory (as specified in /etc/passwd) if it doesn't exist.  This 
assumes that HOME is not set in the Windows environment.  Are you seeing 
something different?


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