Cygwin passes through null writes to other software when redirecting standard input/output (i.e. piping)

Daniel Colascione
Fri May 11 03:34:00 GMT 2012

On 5/9/12 1:11 PM, Christopher Faylor wrote:
> Please stop thinking that there is a simple solution that you can
> intuit without fully understanding how Cygwin works.

Indeed. _Everything_ is more complicated than it looks.

> 1.7.15 will contain a new CYGWIN option "pipe_byte" which will force
> non-tty, non-fifo pipes to use byte mode.  That's about as far as we're
> willing to modify Cygwin for this apocalyptic problem.

What's the downside to using pipe_byte?

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