BLODA extension: console interoperability

Warren Young
Thu Jul 25 23:07:00 GMT 2013

I don't see any console programs on the BLODA.  Shouldn't it include 
programs that break under Cygwin due to things like the change from 
Windows console to mintty, or the pty (?) work that improves Linux/POSIX 

Then there are the even older class of programs that didn't work right 
even in the cygwin.bat days.  I seem to recall that programs in this 
class failed because they knew too much about how the Windows console 
worked, and Cygwin couldn't intercept certain direct console accesses 
for some reason.

I ask only because I don't run into this sort of thing very often, so I 
didn't have any examples at hand when the issue came up in a question 
raised in another forum.  Ideally, I'd have been able to reference a 
program that comes with Windows.

The only program I currently use that I know has such problems is rather 
obscure, so it wasn't a suitable example.  I don't even know that it's 
popular enough to be listed in this proposed BLODA extension.  (It's 
fsharpi.exe from the F# command line toolchain. 
I'm not even entirely sure what the problem was, since I switched to a 
Windows console for it over a month ago.  Something about it being 
un-Ctrl-C-able when it is in certain states.)

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