myenv package update

The Windows Subsystem for Linux home page is set with this command:

export LHOME=”$(wslhome)”

If you don’t have permission to access $LHOME, the home page was previously set to the last directory name which you do have permission to access.

The updated wslhome command prints the correct home page even if you don’t have permission to access it. If access is desired, you must use Administrator privilege to give yourself access to the later directories in the path.

myenv package update

There are three significant changes in myenv (

  1. $USER is used for userid. The only place that may cause a problem is wslhome, because the Linux userid need not be the same as the Windows userid. You can fix this problem by putting a modified wslhome command in $HOME/bin.
  2. wslhome uses the latest location (obtained from How-To Geek). The path is established in several steps corresponding to the locations where the command may fail because of permissions. You will have to use the Windows security tab to give yourself permission to access your WSL home directory. If you are not using Ubuntu, you need to change “*Ubuntu*” to match your choice of Linux systems. Remember to treat the Linux files as read-only.
  3. A machome command and MHOME environment variable are added to accommodate macOS, which uses “/Users/userid” instead of “/home/userid”. The mkzip command is changed to use $HOME/tmp because macOS links /tmp to /private/tmp.

myenv package for Windows 10 + Cygwin + WSL/Ubuntu

Windows 10 can run two Linux subsystems simultaneously: Cygwin and Ubuntu. I developed a small package of commands ( to conveniently access files from all three operating systems. It creates five environment variables

myOS — Cygwin or GNU/Linux

myDRIVE — install drive of Windows 10

WHOME — Windows home directory

CHOME — Cygwin home directory

LHOME — Ubuntu home directory

Just add “.  myenv” to your .profile and you can access files like this:

$WHOME/OneDrive     (Microsoft cloud store)

$CHOME/KE/bin/ke.exe     (my Knowledge Explorer)

$LHOME/../../rootfs/etc/shadow     (to delete forgotten password)

There’s one caveat: Microsoft has a complex scheme for buffering $LHOME (Windows file system) and $HOME (Ubuntu file system). Don’t try to access $LHOME until you exit the Ubuntu terminal window.

The myenv package includes three other useful commands:

path — prints each $PATH directory on separate line

wordpad — example command not found in $PATH directory

mkzip — zip all files in directory and its subdirectories

To install the free myenv package, download and unzip in any directory in $PATH. I suggest using directory $myDRIVE/bin or /usr/local/bin or $HOME/bin.