/usr/local, /var and */tmp in c:\Users\Public

Andrew DeFaria Andrew@DeFaria.com
Wed Nov 12 22:43:00 GMT 2014

On 11/12/2014 2:16 PM, Warren Young wrote:
>> What local changes/installations get lost?
> Currently, if you nuke a default installation into c:\cygwin, you lose /home, /etc, /var and /usr/local, all of which contain user files and/or local system configuration.

Technically user files can exist anywhere in the file system, including 
C:\cygwin or /etc, /var, etc., or they could be put directly into /bin, 
/usr or /usr/sbin or whatever. You're just saying that *traditionally* 
these are the areas that *smart* users limit their local changes too.

It's a nice guideline but there are no guarantees...

> Apparently those of us who have been using Cygwin for years and just need to do a clean reinstall for some reason are expected to know enough not to take step 4 too literally.

I've been using Cygwin since 2003 (does that qualify me?) and have never 
feel the need to reinstall. However, as a contractor I've often had the 
need to install again...
Andrew DeFaria

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