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

Corinna Vinschen
Tue May 24 09:15:00 GMT 2011

On May 23 21:14, Andy Koppe wrote:
> On 23 May 2011 12:50, Corinna Vinschen wrote:
> > On May 20 17:09, Yaakov (Cygwin/X) wrote:
> >> The setup.exe download is still 2.738.  Could it be updated to 2.749
> >> to include jturney's recent bug fixes?
> >
> > I'd like to fix the mintty issue first.
> >
> > So, do we swtch to mintty as default terminal, yes or no?
> >
> > If we switch to mintty we don't need the Cygwin.bat file anymore.  But,
> > shouldn't we keep it anyway for people who maintain some handmade symlink
> > to it?
> Yes, I think so.
> > If so, should we stick to the content of Cygwin.bat as is, or should
> > we change it to call mintty, too?
> Better not, so as not to change people's existing setup. And because
> it would flash up a console for the .bat.
> > And who's going to create the patches?
> I suppose that should be me, but my spare time is rather limited at
> the moment and I still owe a patch or two for other things.

I'm just trying a setup.exe patch which creates "Cygwin Terminal"
desktop and start menu entries which point to "mintty -".  I just
have to get rid of my build environment problems...

> What it should do:
> 1) Invoke the user's default shell as set in /etc/passwd as a login
> shell. (This is what the mintty start menu shortcut currently does)
> 2) Invoke bash as a login shell.

#1, definitely.

> d) "Cygwin Terminal": Linux desktops usually have "Terminal" entries
> in their menus.


> I also think the console's start menu entry in the Cygwin folder
> should be kept, perhaps with a new name. "Console" vs "Terminal"?


Other than that, the docs need some tweaking as well, I guess.


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