Using terminator with cygwin

Adam Dinwoodie
Thu Mar 17 11:56:25 GMT 2022

On Thu, Mar 17, 2022 at 11:54:02AM +0100, zweiund40 wrote:
> Hi all,
> I've got a question and I hope u can help there. I guess the question may be
> a bit silly for some of u, but, u know, I'm not an expert. I want to use
> terminator with cygwin and was excited when I found it as package listed in
> the setup.exe, So, I installed it and since there was no terminator.exe to
> be found I tried "terminator" on the command line, but it didn't work.
> Error-message is rather confusing:
> $ terminator
>   File "/usr/bin/terminator", line 119
>     except (KeyError,ValueError), ex:
>                                 ^
> SyntaxError: invalid syntax
> What am I doing wrong? I think I didn't understand something very basal.

It looks like terminator hasn't been updated since Cygwin moved from
/usr/bin/python being Python2 to Python3, and it doesn't explicitly
specify the Python version it needs.

This really needs a fix from the terminator maintainer, Mike DePaulo,
but while Mike used to be fairly active on these lists, I've not seen
him post for several years.  Mike: are you there? Are you able to update
this package?

In the meantime, you might be able to work around this by manually
editing /usr/bin/terminator and /usr/bin/remotinator, and changing the
first line from this:


to this:


That said, it's worth noting the version of terminator that's available
from the Cygwin package repositories is almost six years old, and relies
on a Python version that has been completely out of support for almost
two years, so I wouldn't be vastly surprised if this isn't fixable
without a more significant update from the Cygwin package maintainer.



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