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RE: Windows 2000 - HOMEDRIVE,HOMEPATH vs. USERPROFILE


From: Conrad T. Pino
Subject: RE: Windows 2000 - HOMEDRIVE,HOMEPATH vs. USERPROFILE
Date: Tue, 31 May 2005 07:12:01 -0700

Hi Derek,

A few more observations follow:

> From: Conrad T. Pino [mailto:address@hidden
> 
> ========================================
> Based on these observations, how do Windows and UNIX differ to CVS?
> --------------------
> UNIX user profile (.profile,.bash_profile) files are always in $HOME.
> 
> UNIX user profile changes are effective AND committed when changed.

UNIX $HOME changes are effective AND committed when changed.
> --------------------
> Windows user profile is always local and independent of Home Folder.
> 
> Windows Home Folder is synchronized with the user profile only when:
> 
>       Home Folder is undefined
>       Home Folder local path == %USERPROFILE%
> 
> Windows user profile changes are effective when changed and committed
> ONLY when user the logs off.

The last sentence above needs clarification as follows:

        Windows local user profile changes are effective AND committed
        when changed.

        Windows network user profile changes are effective when changed
        and committed ONLY when user the logs off.

Windows network user profile commits may not persist as expected when
used on multiple machines:

        Login to workstation one, copy network profile to local drive.
        Login to workstation two, copy network profile to local drive.

        Modify user profile on workstation two.

        Logoff workstation two, copy local drive to network profile,
                network profile has workstation two modification.

        Logoff workstation one, copy local drive to network profile,
                workstation two modification to network profile is lost
                since the Microsoft help file says:

                If you use a roaming profile on more than one computer
                simultaneously, it will preserve the settings from the
                last computer that logs off.

Windows Home Folder changes are effective AND committed when changed.
> ========================================

Conrad





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