Cygwin newbie questions

Michael Weiser
Sun Sep 13 07:48:00 GMT 1998

Hello Steve, you wrote:
>I just got Cygwin32, and it's great. It's working exactly how I'd expect it for
>the most part. The problem is the small things that aren't working really bug
>me. I have a feeling these may be linked, and I was hoping someone more
>knowledgable could help me here.
I can try. :)

>1) At my new job, I'm working under WinNT, but we use good ol' CVS for revision
>control (archive is on a Unix box). I don't really know the source of the "cvs"
>executable (our 2 main sysadmins just left within 2 weeks, so nobody I've asked
>really knows where they came from). The problem is that it doesn't work under
>cygwin. It works fine from a cmd prompt, but if I run it from cygwin, I get no
>output. I don't get "command not found", I just get nothing. Any ideas what's up
>with this?
>BTW, I test this with safe cvs commands like "cvs -v", which should work even if
>cvs settings were messed up.
My version of cvs-1.9 downloaded from works perfectly
under cygwin32. But compiling a 'native' cygwin32 cvs would certainly
the cleanest solution.

>2) One thought I had was to download cvs source and compile it under cygwin.
>When I try to run "configure", though, I get "bash: ./configure: No such file or
>directory". But configure IS there.... What's up with that? Does configure not
>work? Do I just have to edit the Makefile myself?
Have you tried 'sh ./configure' or 'bash ./configure'? Perhaps the
file permissions are messed up and you have to set them with chmod.
But normally this should give an 'permission denied' error...

>3) FTP hangs from cygwin. I assume its calling the WinNT ftp. Does this just not
>work? Do I need to get a different ftp for cygwin?
You could try the one from Sergey's remote.tgz found on

>4) I've found some WWW pages with ports and stuff, but they don't seem to have a
>lot. Anyone know of any hard-to-find pages with good stuff?
                      (Arlindo da Silva - X11R6 binaries for cygwin32)
                                        (David Fox - RPM for cygwin32)
                 (Michael Hirmke - German mirror and ports collection)
                                   (Sergey Okhapkin - fixes and ports)      (Andy Piper - fixes and ports)
                 (Mumit Khan - egcs binaries for cygwin32 and mingw32)

(Hello Earnie, the mini-FAQ is coming! ;-))))
bye, Michael
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