Startup scripts on windows

Just a very quick post today. For folks working on Unix machines, there is a bash profile script that runs when you first log into your user, and can set various environment variables, symlinks, or just run scripts in general. On windows, you can do something similar by placing program.bat files in the shell startup directory. (That linked post by Microsoft has the directions to find where that is located on your machine. Hit Windows Logo + R and type shell:startup into the prompt. It ends up being C:\Users\andre\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup on my personal machine.)

One I have is to map regular folders I use to particular drive letters (similar in outcomes to symlinks on Unix machines) using the subst command. So in that startup directory I have a file, ghub_map.bat, that contains this single line:

subst g: "D:\Dropbox\Dropbox\PublicCode_Git"

And so when I log into my machine, if I want to go and do work on github I can just do type G: in the windows terminal (to switch drives you don’t use cd in windows). This is in place of the more onerous, D: (default terminal starts in C:), and then cd ./Dropbox/Dropbox/PublicCode_Git.

Happy holidays everyone!