I am using cygwin on Windows 10. I can't seem to find any package named xv while in the cygwin setup. How can I use xv on Windows using cygwin or otherwise.

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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it is not Unix & Linux specific, it would better fit at Super User. – phk May 23 '17 at 11:12
  • Cygwin is Unix, Gnu is Unix, UNIX is Unix, BSD is Unix, Linux is a kernel. Cygwin is a dll that emulates a Posix/Unix kernel. It is used to create a Gnu environment on Microsoft's Windows (we also have a tag for it). – ctrl-alt-delor May 23 '17 at 11:22
  • Try cygwin ports. – ridgy May 23 '17 at 12:54
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    Per unix.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/436/cygwin-on-topic this seems on-topic here (especially if the answer involves compiling it, just like you would on a real Unix) – derobert May 23 '17 at 20:34
  • @ridgy That'd make for the start of a good answer. Please consider posting it as an answer, instead of a comment. – derobert May 23 '17 at 20:34

As XV is not provided you can try to compile it by yourself.

However as the code is a bit old, last version in 1994, there is no guarantee that it will easily build in modern systems like current Cygwin

As there are several equivalent programs in cygwin, you can try one of them.


I had installed XV on an older version of Cygwin-X like 5 years ago and xv would not come up on the startx windows. I would have to run the rxvt-native, and only then it would come up. On a newer computer with Windows 10, I installed Cygwin-X, but the rxvt-native is not available anymore (or not yet?) in the latest version of Cygwin-X. I wasn't able to have xv windows open up. So it seems, for now, xv can't work on Cygwin-X, at least not as it is. XV can still be obtained from John Bradley (just google xv john bradley) for a little fee and it will work on other unix-like OS, maybe with some tweaking because, as it has been mentioned, the software was written 24 years ago.

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    Please provide reference – user88036 Sep 13 '18 at 14:36

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