Home directory was not created

Adam Dinwoodie adam@dinwoodie.org
Tue Mar 2 17:27:04 GMT 2021

On Mon, 1 Mar 2021 at 15:33, KAVALAGIOS Panagiotis (EEAS-EXT) wrote:
> Dear all,
> Something went wrong to my Cygwin installation update (update is performed by removing everything and installing again the new version). The home directory of my user was not created, when you run Cygwin for the first time. When I start Cygwin it defaults to the evil C:\Windows\System32!?!?
> -bash-4.4$ pwd
> /cygdrive/c/WINDOWS/System32
> -bash-4.4$ cd
> -bash: cd: /home/kavalpa: No such file or directory
> -bash-4.4$
> How this can be fixed in proper way, without causing any permission issues.

These directories aren't normally created by the install scripts, but
by the /etc/profile script the first time you create a login shell.
You should see a message saying "Copying skeleton files. // These
files are for the users to personalise their cygwin experience." when
that happens.

Therefore the key question here: how are you starting Cygwin?


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