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Updated: mintty-0.8.1-1

mintty 0.8.1-1 is on its way to the Cygwin mirrors. This is a feature
release with a few enhancements and fixes also some fairly big
behind-the-scenes changes.

Mintty is a terminal emulator for Cygwin with a native Windows user
interface and minimalist design. Among its features are Unicode
support and a graphical options dialog. Its terminal emulation is
largely compatible with xterm, but it does not require an X server.
Mintty is based on code from PuTTY by Simon Tatham and team.

- Copy-on-select is enabled by default.
- The default font size was reduced from 10 to 9, more in line with
the Windows console's default.
- I/O handling was redesigned using /dev/windows and select(). The
result of this is that signals sent to mintty are now handled
immediately. In particular, suspending mintty works properly now.
- A new option allows to put the scrollbar on the left-hand side of
the window. It's on the 'Window' pane of the options dialog.
- The line cursor is displayed with the thickness configured in the
Windows accessibility control panel (which defaults to 1 pixel).
- Excess line content is no longer thrown away when narrowing the
window, i.e. it now reappears if the window is widened again
afterwards. (Rebreaking of long lines is not done though.)
- Changing the font smoothing setting takes effect immediately after
pressing OK or Apply.
- Failure to save options triggers an error message instead of
silently forgetting the options.
- A couple of annoyances in the handling of mouse clicks were fixed.

The mintty manual is installed as a manpage ('man mintty'), and it's
also available in PDF format at

Questions and comments can be sent to the mintty discussion group at or the Cygwin mailing
list at Please use the issue tracker at to report bugs or suggest


To update your installation, click on the "Install Cygwin now" link
on the web page. ÂThis downloads setup.exe to
your system. ÂThen, run setup and answer all of the questions.


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