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Cygwin stuff

Filed under: cygwin, unix, windows — Tags: , , , , , — sandokan65 @ 15:38

Various Cygwin links

Portable Cygwin


Setting effective HOME to your Windows “My Documents” folder.

  1. Start a Cygwin shell
  2. You should be located in your default directory which inside Cygwin looks like /home/thisuser, but from the Windows standpoint could be something like c:\cygwin\home\thisuser.
  3. Type ln -s /cygdrive/c/Documents and Settings/thisuser/My Documents/ ./docs
  4. Edit .profile and .bashrc to put at their ends following lines:
      export HOME=./docs
      cd $HOME
  5. that is it. Restart Cygwin. You should now be in the /home/thisuser/docs/ which is the same place as Windows’ c:\Documents and Settings\thisuser\My Documents/

Related: MS Windows Registry transversal by Cygwin – https://eikonal.wordpress.com/2011/03/01/registry-transversal-by-cygwin | Unix tricks – https://eikonal.wordpress.com/2011/02/15/unix-tricks/


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