Cygwin SSH just doesn’t call $HOME lately…

With the new version of Cygwin, SSH suddenly doesn’t seem to phone $HOME anymore.  Which is usually going to be set to something like c:\Users\<username>.  In general Cygwin is supposed to look at $HOME first and then use alternative home settings, such as /etc/passwd.

The quick fix is to make sure the relevant entry in /etc/passwd matches what you have in $HOME.

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