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

marco atzeri
Mon May 23 18:43:00 GMT 2011

On Mon, May 23, 2011 at 8:21 PM, Corinna Vinschen  wrote:
> On May 23 13:25, Christopher Faylor wrote:
>> 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.
> I would really like to avoid that.

same. Different PATHS make me sane and I run cygwin from an external drive
not always connected.

> The question is, which CYGWIN
> settings are really needed before an application starts?  Apart from the
> "debugging the Cygwin DLL" scenario, the only one I can think of is the
> "tty" setting, and that's about to go away.
> IMHO it would be quite helpful if a setenv ("CYGWIN", ...) or putenv
> ("CYGWIN=...") would change the CYGWIN settings for the calling process
> as well.
> Apart from that, maybe mintty could provide a CYGWIN environment
> variable settings edit text in the properties dialog.
>> 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.
> Uh oh.
> Corinna

mintty as standard console will simplify a lot our life in supporting users,
so this proposal takes also my vote


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