Mail Archives: cygwin-developers/1999/01/07/17:51:33

From: noer AT cygnus DOT com (Geoffrey Noer)
Subject: Re: mount table question
7 Jan 1999 17:51:33 -0800 :
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To: Corinna Vinschen <corinna DOT vinschen AT cityweb DOT de>
Cc: cygwin32-developers AT cygnus DOT com, Christopher Faylor <cgf AT cygnus DOT com>

Corinna Vinschen wrote:
> But it's not _really_ necessary. I would also appreciate a solution _with_
> registry, if it would be possible, to use only the entries in
> systemwide and disallow the usage of the entries in HKEY_CURRENT_USER.
> Moreover, it should then be possible, to edit this entries with `mount/umount'.
> This would be a great help.

My original tentative plan was to aim for this:

* There will be two levels of mount points.  In order of evaluation:
        -- User mount table (from registry, stored in DLL memory).
        -- Global mount table (from registry, stored separately in DLL
  By having both types of mounts use the same type of internal
  table, we can keep the path code simpler.
* //<drive>/ magic will die a painful death.
* Cygwin DLL will auto-mount '/' into the user (?) mount table if it
  isn't in the user or global table.  The default will remain the
  current system drive.
* Cygwin will automatically add a user mount when converting from a
  Win32 path to a POSIX path when there is no user or global mount
  point that will work to do the translation.  The temporary mount will
  use the path /cygdrive/<drive> unless overridden.  The temporary
  path root could be changed using the "mount" utility.
* mount will get a -remount option that actually works by doing the
  umount and mount in one operation.  This should fix the bug that
  prevents people from reassigning slash.
* getmntent will display mounts in order of evaluation (user mounts,
  then global mounts).

I don't want installation of the Cygwin system to require
administrator privs.  It seems easy to deal with security issues by
using the registry.

I don't know how I feel about /etc/fstab yet.

Geoffrey Noer
noer AT cygnus DOT com

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