Linux-like environment for Windows making it possible to port software running on POSIX systems (such as Linux, BSD, and Unix systems) to Windows.

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Cygwin has no watch command?

I installed Cygwin on my Windows XP to use some of its commands. Now I what to check a file every 2 minutes and want to use watch for this purpose but I see that Cygwin has no such command. Is this ...
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Are cygwin vim commands different than normal vim?

I am unable to edit text files using vim in cygwin. I have to press i many times to insert text. Sometimes it works and sometimes doesn't. Whenever I move cursor up down I have to press I many times. ...
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How do I get rid of Cygwin's /cygdrive prefix in all paths?

I'm switching to Cygwin from the bash shell that ships with Git for Windows, and encountering a strange problem. Someone thought it would be a good idea to add /cygdrive/ to all paths, while I think ...
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Best way to use a shell with Cygwin in Windows 7

I installed Cygwin, to be disappointed that bash by default runs within "cmd.exe". I googled around and found Console2. It's not a particularly well-designed application, as doing adjustments is ...
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Is cygwin like wine, but for linux applications?

Does cygwin work line wine, providing a compatibility layer inside a foreign os?
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Stopping output from a program run in SSH session NOW

Problem I execute command that outputs LOTS of information through SSH. For example, I foolishly add debug information inside a loop that executes million times, or just run cat /dev/urandom for ...
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How to alter PATH within a shell script?

I have several projects that require me to change versions of Java/Grails/Maven. I'm trying to handle this with some scripts that would make the changes. For example: #!/bin/sh export JAVA_HOME=/...
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How can I set up Cygwin to automatically update and download without the GUI?

How can I set up Cygwin to automatically update itself? How can I get Cygwin to download a package without having to go via the GUI thing?
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How to apply the fix for CVE-2014-6271 bash vulnerability on cygwin?

I would like to find out how do I apply the fix for this vulnerability on cygwin. I am running the CYGWIN_NT-6.1 MYHOSTNAME 1.7.30(0.272/5/3) 2014-05-23 10:36 x86_64 Cygwin of cygwin on Windows 7. ...
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An equivalent to OS X's “open” in Cygwin?

I know this may be a slightly strange question, plus the fact that I'm asking it here. The reason is that whenever I ask Windows-people about this, or even regular Cygwin-users, they don't seem to ...
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Using mintty as default terminal on Cygwin and default shell as bash

There is already one answered the question at Best way to use a shell with Cygwin in Windows 7. That is to start Cygwin with C:\cygwin\bin\mintty.exe - With that $SHELL = /bin/sh How can I launch ...
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find command in cygwin giving parameter format not correct

I am using cygwin in my windows machine. I am trying to do a find and it is giving parameter format not correct. Why is that? $ ls bootstrap.jar catalina-tasks.xml catalina.bat catalina.sh commons-...
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A terminal emulator for CygWin?

I have: Windows 7 CygWin A development board connected to COM1 port. I need: Connect to its serial port from CygWin. If I used Linux I would run a program like picocom or minicom. Also in ...
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Why is vim creating files with DOS line endings?

I have set fileformat=unix in my .vimrc, and yet if I create a file in vim (running in Cygwin) it persists in creating DOS-format files, and I have to run them through dos2unix to clean them. (I ...
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Why is Cygwin not sourcing my .bashrc?

I'm switching to Cygwin from the bash shell that ships with Git for Windows, and for some strange reason the .bashrc file is not being sourced when I open a new Terminal. I have to source .bashrc ...
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Strange environment variable !::=::\ in Cygwin

Using Cygwin, I installed Environment Modules by downloading source code, running configure, make, and make install. Every time I run a module command, I get: init.c(718):WARN:165: Cannot set TCL ...
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How do I preserve the history file of cygwin bash across independent sessions?

So my home directory does have a .bash_history file, but it refuses to grow any bigger for some reason. I've already changed the .bashrc settings to set the history size to 99999 and the history file ...
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PuTTY, CygwinX, and X11 forwarding connection refused

I am no longer able to forward X11 using KiTTY/PuTTY to CygwinX. I am connecting to an Ubuntu Server 14.10 machine that is correctly configured to allow X11 forwarding. I am able to initiate X11 ...
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Xterm is not completely erasing field lines

We are running Windows Clients with Cygwin XServer that has a bash script application running on AIX Unix. We have a login script using expect to ssh into the server and then xterm to create the ...
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How to exit file reading mode in linux terminal?

I appologize if its something really stupid i am asking. But this is my first day on linux commands infact I dotn have linux right now I have just installed CYGWIN for my learning. SO my question is ...
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Grep that shows the pattern line and the matching line

Suppose I have these two files: 1. Locus_1 univ Locus_2 anc Locus_3 cat 2. university GO:000001 impromptu GO:000002 advanced GO:000003 inheritance GO:000004 I want to do a grep -f of the ...
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Delete all but largest file of specific type

I am trying to organise the album art in my music collection so that only one image is assigned to each folder. My directory structure currently looks like: /path/to/music/Album Name/ /path/to/music/...
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How to get traceroute on cygwin?

The implementation of traceroute(tracert) differs on Windows and Unix. I wanted to compare both with Wireshark. I am on Windows 7 now and I wanted to get Unix traceroute implementation quickly. My ...
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How to map ALT key in .vimrc?

In order to be able add blank lines without going into insertion mode, I'm trying to map ALT-o and ALT-O to o<ESC> and o<ESC> I've tried the following in my .vimrc map <M-o> o<...
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How do I configure OpenCV and Cygwin to work together?

I'm trying to configure OpenCV-2.2.0-win32-vs2010 with Cygwin to work together. Any ideas on how I can do that?
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Is dpkg available for Cygwin?

I don't use Windows all that often, but I've found my self in a position where I'm stuck in front of one quite a bit temporarily. So I've been investigating Cygwin. My question is dpkg available for ...
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Cygwin: readline lib loaded in different locations

Within cygwin, almost each unix command I type prints a warning message, takes time and eventually gives a correct result: -bash-4.1$ ls 0 [main] bash 7468 child_info_fork::abort: cygreadline7.dll: ...
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permission issues while doing ssh setup in cygwin

I'm trying to setup ssh-host in cygwin. Getting the below error: *** Warning: The permissions on the directory /var are not correct. *** Warning: They must match the regexp d..x..x..[xt] *** ERROR: ...
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Reading from USB serial port under Cygwin

I am actually using Cygwin, but it is my understanding that it responds to Unix commands so hopefully I am in the correct place. I have an Arduino hooked up via USB to my LapTop for data reading. I ...
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Git - remove deleted files

I'm using this simple git alias rmdel = "!git rm $(git ls-files -d)" meant "remove deleted", i.e. to remove from the staging area all files deleted from the file system. It works fine except ...
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How to add a feature to Vim if it's not compiled with that feature?

I am trying to use clewn (full gdb support in the vim editor), but the vim I have on my box doesn't have the netbeans_intg feature enabled. Is it possible to enable it without recompiling vim? I am ...
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why updatedb command takes too much time?

I have read that to run locate command on CYGWIN first I need to run the following command. updatedb --localpaths=c:/ what this command exactly do as I run this on CYGWIN and it is taking too much ...
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Change my profile's PATH environment variable on Cygwin

Sadly, I am not at all experienced in coding. I am attempting to use a program to work with GRIB files, here: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/mdl/degrib/compile.php?os=windows. I am compiling as there are ...
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bash/cygwin broken after installing rtool?

Usually I can solve problems on my own (and Google). But recently I am baffled by this strange hiccup. Background: I use a chain of scripts for file-processing (in Windows, under Cygwin. Scripts ...
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How do I schedule a cron task to run

I'm looking to crontab a script every hour starting Friday at 5pm... ending Monday at 5am. This script checks if it's completed this week and if it's currently running. If no/no, start task. Off the ...
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why won't x11 display work through ssh login?

I have logged in to a remote server and am trying to display an x application(e.g. firefox). but an error message appears. the below are my attempts to open firefox Black@Black-PC ~ $ ssh -X kwagjj@$...
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how to grep for c:\

I'm using cygwin's grep to find all instances of hardcoded paths on c drive. doing: grep -r "c:\\" . gives grep: trailing backslash Does anybody know how I can do this?
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find first line beginning with <keyword> following <other-keyword>

let's present my problem to explain better. I'm using cygwin, the installation is based on a setup.ini with the following format: @ package-name sdesc: "short description, on one line" ...
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installing column unix utility on windows

I would like to be able to use the BSD unix utilities: column, join and paste in my Cygwin installation. It seems that they are not available, or I cannot find them. Is there a way to install them so ...
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Grep doesn't match carriage return characters

I'm trying to find lines with the carriage return character, but I'm not getting the results I'd expect. I've whittled it down to this proof-of-concept: $ uname -a CYGWIN_NT-6.1 Aodh 2.0.4(0.287/5/3)...
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Read the files in shell script doesn't print out anything?

I am trying to read a file from shell script line by line. Below is my file content - hello=world And below is my shell script that I have written - #!/bin/bash while read -r line; do ...
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Why are these aliases failing?

I am attempting to put some alias definitions in .bashrc. Like this: #Convienience aliases alias ll='ls -l' alias ldir='ls -p | grep "/"' #Temporary aliases alias mvFooLog='mv ~/Projects/Foo/Log.txt ....
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How to Cygwin Xwin -query an Ubuntu 11.10 Xserver?

I am running Cygwin 1.7 on Win7 Pro x64, and I can query my Ubuntu 10.04 LTS server just fine. XWin.exe -clipboard -once -rootless -nodecoration -notrayicon -query $IP_ADDRESS I recently installed ...
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Cygwin on Windows: Can't open display

I am running Windows 10 on my Surface Pro 3. I installed Cygwin and also added some useful packages (gvim, nedit, emacs, vim, g++). However, when I run gvim, I get "Can't open display". The same thing ...
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Linux Shell fundamentals: How can I check the file descriptors status, (where are redirected to) right now without lsof?

I am learning about file descriptors for the case of Linux, and I was wondering if there is any command showing a complete list that allows me to know where is each one redirected to in this moment. ...
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Removed `rm` command in cygwin

Having the need to use a bash shell on a Windows computer (I'll spare you the details), I installed Cygwin, and a friend as a joke ran rm /usr/bin/rm on the terminal, and surprisingly nothing much ...
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Command-line tool to search docx files

Is there a command-line tool to text-search a docx file? I tried grep, but it doesn't work with docx even though it works fine with txt and xml files. I could convert the docx to txt first, but I'd ...
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Trouble with horizontial merge of csv files under Cygwin

I have two csv files: test1.csv 1 2 3 4 test2.csv 6 7 8 9 I want to horizontally merge these two files. To do this I use paste -d , test1.csv test2.csv > paste.csv If I open this file in ...
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Cygwin XWin server: How to disable the creation of the “panel” window?

A couple of months ago, I re-installed Cygwin on my Win7 machine. Since then, when clicking the XWin Server entry in the Start Menu, it not only starts the (familiar) X tray icon along with a xterm ...
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Grep perl syntax and copyright character

I am trying to pull some links out of text that I downloaded of off the internet using grep, but keep getting "Aborted (core dumped)". When using grep I tend to use -P as I prefer to use perl syntax (...