Uses of Cygwin

Eliot Moss moss@cs.umass.edu
Wed Jun 24 17:22:00 GMT 2015


To answer the question about Java, there is no "cygwin Java".
You simply install the regular Java for Windows.  You can invoke
it from cygwin, since cygwin happily runs Windows executables.
The one thing this does not accomplish is to give you Unix syntax
for the Java command line -- you have to use Windows syntax for
things like the class path (; not : for separator; full path name
looks like C:\dir1\dir2\...\file.ext, etc.).  This is because
porting something to cygwin involves compiling from source.  Also,
something as subtle and complex as a Java virtual machine may really
need to know that it's Windows underneath, etc.  In other words,
you really are better off using the Windows version of Java on
Windows, even if you use cygwin primarily.

Regards -- Eliot Moss

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