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How to specify the user directory OUTSIDE of Cygwin (installation folder)?

By default the user folder of Cygwin (under Win7) is in a subdirectory

<installation folder>\home\<username>

How can I put it into a separate directory OUTSIDE of Cygwin?


I installed Cygwin in


and want to put my (resp. all) home directories into


If possible I would like to specify my new home directory not as absolute but as relative path.

I would prefer a customization somwhow in "Cygwin.bat" like:

set cygwinhome=..\myhome

Mind the double dots standing for "go up one level".

How can I achieve this?



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