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I have installed dropbox in my computer, but it is located outside my cygwin directory. The probably easiest way would probably just move the dropbox directory to cygwin's home dir. Anyway I wonder if it is possible to browse to my dropbox directory from cygwin instead?

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You can access the root of your C: drive, for example, from cygwin by specifying the directory /cygdrive/c, e.g.,

$ cd /cygdrive/c

Similarly, the path to any file on your C: drive can be constructed by prefixing the Windows path (without the "C:" and with \s changed to /s) with /cygdrive/c, so C:\Dropbox\myfile would be accessed from within Cygwin as /cygdrive/c/Dropbox/myfile.

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i remember that you can make shortcuts in terminal much similar to alias. Is it possible to make shortcut to my dropbox location instead for having to type /cygdrive/c/Document/.../Dropbox ? –  starcorn Jan 7 '11 at 9:21
nvm I found out how to do it, ln is the answer –  starcorn Jan 7 '11 at 9:28

cd "C:\users" works too. But, I think the method $ cd /cygdrive/c is much better and you can also put export C=/cygdrive/c in .bashrc file and use the command cd $C/ directly.

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As @starcorn mentions above, ln works great for this.

$ ln -sv /cygdrive/c/Users/JohnWagg/Dropbox/ ~/dropbox
`/home/JohnWagg/dropbox' -> `/cygdrive/c/Users/JohnWagg/Dropbox/'
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If you really wanted it available in Cygwin, besides getting it directly (as @garyjohn's correct answer) you can also try to use the mount command to map the path to your home dir. Something like this may work.

mount C:\dropbox\cygwin /home/me/dropbox

I say may, because though I'm pretty sure it will work, I have no Cygwin install to test it, and I'm not sure if Cygwin will refuse to create it because of filesystem loops (it should allow it)

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