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I've installed cygwin on my work computer. The problem is that my my computer is part of a domain and cygwin is using my network home folder as my home folder every time it launches. I would like to have my home folder set to a folder on my local machine instead.

How do I do this?

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First of all make sure your domain user is added to /etc/passwd:

mkpasswd -d >> /etc/passwd

Then just edit /etc/passwd and let it point to your desired directory. For example my entry looks as follows:


This places the cygwin home directory within my roaming profile folder within my user profile.

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