Can RPM packages be installed into Cygwin?

marco atzeri
Sat Apr 7 08:13:00 GMT 2012

On 4/7/2012 9:40 AM, De-Jian Zhao wrote:
> Dear all,
> I noticed that there is a command - rpm - under Cygwin 1.7. Does that
> mean RPM packages can be installed into Cygwin?
> I tried to install ncbi-blast-2.2.26+-3.i686.rpm (see:
> ) into
> Cygwin 1.7.13 with the command "install -i
> ncbi-blast-2.2.26+-3.i686.rpm". However, error message appeared as
> below. I tried to search for the missing libs using the setup.exe of
> Cygwin. It seems that some of them were not present, such as,
>,,, and Where can I get these
> libs? Thanks!
> $ rpm -i ncbi-blast-2.2.26+-3.i686.rpm
> error: Failed dependencies:
> /usr/bin/perl is needed by ncbi-blast-2.2.26+-3
> is needed by ncbi-blast-2.2.26+-3
> is needed by ncbi-blast-2.2.26+-3
...isn't it?

from cygwin website (first page):

Cygwin is not:

-    a way to run native Linux apps on Windows. You must rebuild your 
      from source if you want it to run on Windows.
-    a way to magically make native Windows apps aware of UNIX® 
functionality like
      signals, ptys, etc. Again, you need to build your apps from source 
if you want
      to take advantage of Cygwin functionality.


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