After well over two years, countless installs and uninstalls, a creeping sluggishness, and one horrific event, I finally bit the bullet and rebuilt my laptop computer. Yep, I've formatted the hard drive and reinstalled everything.
Along the way I learned a few things:
- You have to install Outlook just to transfer mail messages into Thunderbird. Hopefully it will uninstall OK.
- JDK 1.5 will only install into
C:/Program Files/Java/, which gives Ant fits (the space in the file name is a problem). After trying things with shortcuts, I eventually copied
- I no longer can remember how I got svnserve (the Subversion server) to start automatically! Woops! Perhaps its a difference between the cygwin version and the Win32 native version?
- I'm having trouble getting my SSH and PGP keys back. This could cause some grief.
I'm still picking up the pieces but I'm very close now. A key tool for me in this endeavor was Acronis True Image, which can take a snapshot of an entire partition and put it on backup media (or an external drive, in my case). Even better, you can "mount" the image as a new read-only drive, making it easy to locate and retrieve individual files you need.
Will my Dell Inspiron 8200 return to its former glory? Hard to say ... I think Windows is getting slower with each release and security patch. But so far, things are much quicker. We'll see once we get to real development.
Update: I have Subversion for Cygwin working great. The missing piece was
--foreground argument. My repository is at
so my command line is:
cygrunsrv --install Subversion --path /usr/bin/svnserve --chdir /cygdrive/c/ --args "--foreground -d -r svnrepo"
After that, I can start Subversion:
cygrunsrv -S Subversion
Once started, it appears to restart automatically on each reboot.
You can verify a correct start:
bash-3.00$ cygrunsrv -Q Subversion Service : Subversion Current State : Running Controls Accepted : Stop Command : /usr/bin/svnserve --foreground -d -r svnrepo