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Issues with setting or not setting HOME environment variable

I currently do not set the HOME environment variable.  I get the
impression you're not supposed to do that.  When I run a mintty shell,
it correctly puts me in "/home/<myuid>", which is what I want.

I'm running into a problem with Eclipse egit, as I think it's looking
for the "HOME" environment variable to determine where the .gitconfig
file is. If it doesn't find "HOME" set, I have a feeling it's looking
for "HOMEDRIVE", which is set to something I can't easily control.

Is there some way I can set "HOME" to my Windows home location, but
still have Cygwin do the right thing and go to "/home/<myuid>"?

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