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Re: ls.exe shows windows system hidden files

Wendell Pinegar wrote:

The MKS Toolkit for instance does properly ignore these file types.
Not surprising. The goals of the two products are somewhat different.

MKS is trying to make their environment look exactly like the native Windows. They have written most of their tools from scratch to call Win32 APIs directly, and give you a 100% Windows experience (except for a *very few* POSIX-y emulations like "/dev/null" as a synonym for NUL, and "/dev/tty" for direct console access). The few GNU tools they include (perl, etc.) are the "native Win32" ports with some MKS API tweaks.

Cygwin is trying to give you a true POSIX API and "look-and-feel". You get exactly what you get from POSIX - no more, no less (not much less, anyway :-).

Use the product that you feel most comfortable with. If you need strict Windows semantics for your tools, use the MKS toolkit. Sure, it's $650+, but you can get a very stripped-down but perfectly usable subset as part of Microsoft Services for Unix 2.0 (which is closer to $150 or so).

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