mintty/Windows interoperability (was: Re: default terminal)

Christopher Faylor
Fri Jun 4 05:05:00 GMT 2010

On Thu, Jun 03, 2010 at 07:17:34PM +0100, Andy Koppe wrote:
>On 2 June 2010 21:39, Thomas Wolff wrote:
>> Before making it the only default, however, there's still two issues to
>> consider concerning interoperability with Windows programs:
>> ?? * The known limitation with certain Windows (or even DOS) programs
>> ?? ?? due to the incompatibility of some of the multiple Windows output
>> ?? ?? methods with pty. Is anyone still trying to find a wrapper that
>> ?? ?? might solve this for input and output?
>I don't know of any attempt at this since 'ttyfier'. As you know, I
>did have a go at the input side only with 'conin', but that wasn't
>much of a success. Grabbing the screen buffer from a hidden console
>using ReadConsoleOutput and displaying it using terminal escape
>sequences seems fairly straightforward in principle, but it would
>still be a load of work. I can't commit to that.
>(See also for
>other ideas to tackle this.)

That's what Console2 does but its license does not allow us to use
the code.  I have some code kicking around that is in the public
domain but it's pretty ugly.

>In the end though, these ideas are all imperfect workarounds. Given
>that there is a straightforward answer to any issue with console
>programs ("use a console"), I find it hard to justify much effort
>going into them.

Big ditto.


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