setup and mintty (was Re: New setup.exe release?)

Christopher Faylor
Mon May 23 17:26:00 GMT 2011

On Mon, May 23, 2011 at 06:04:37PM +0200, Corinna Vinschen wrote:
>On May 23 11:33, Charles Wilson wrote:
>> as-is.  What if you really WANT to use cmdbox?  How else can a
>> cygwin-shell-in-cmdbox be started, other than a .bat file of some kind?
>>  And since that's the only real way to do so, we ought to provide the file.
>                    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
>                    Huh?
>You can simple create a Windows shortcut to bash.exe, edit it to
>add a --login option, and that's all you really need.

I agree, except for people who "need" to set the CYGWIN environment
variable for some reason.  You have to do that before running bash.

Maybe we should be looking into introducing a way to set the CYGWIN
environment variable in the global environment and adding c:\cygwin\bin
(or whatever) to the global PATH as well.

But, I am extemely in favor of making mintty the default terminal.  It
would present a much nicer end-user experience out-of-the-box even if
some pty stuff doesn't work quite right.

And, I can just imagine the blog entries now: "Cygwin finally offers an
intelligent terminal interface - after ten years!"

The only downside that I see is that Andy may ask to renegotiate his
contract.  I wouldn't be surprised if he asked to be paid double what
he's getting now, in fact.


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