Using Console to run Cygwin bash

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Postby Guest » 12/26/01, 3:23 pm

I just grabbed Console from today's update. Neat little app, with a lot of growth potential. The behavior is customizable by hacking the console.xml file.

I wondered if it was possible to adapt it to other shells. Hmmm. Bring up a console window. "set COMSPEC=d:cygwinbinbash.exe". Run Console. Yep, Console uses whatever is pointed to by %COMSPEC%.

Look at that! Cygwin Bash running in a transparent, alpha-blended Console window.

Cool.

(Folks looking for a different approach can try a neat Win32 port of <I>rxvt</I>, available from http://www.io.com/~bub/rxvt.html No X libs required.

It's included with Cygwin now, and mostly used as a wrapper for bash, but you can make it run CMD.EXE. too.)
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Edited to fix the link


<font class=editedby>[ This Message was edited by: bob on 2001-12-26 23:31 ]</font>
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Postby SOD » 12/27/01, 10:52 am

Cygwin commands ran under 2k console for me. (ie) started cygwin then opened a console in 2k and cygwin commands ran there BTW Dennis when I had 2K installed most of my old shell extentions did not work at the context level and even would crash 2k from to time...Read somewhere a while ago that MS was phasing out alot of function from the context menu they cited that no one understood it. DUH
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Postby Guest » 12/27/01, 4:19 pm

On 2001-12-27 18:52, SOD wrote:
>Cygwin commands ran under 2k console for me. (ie) started cygwin
>then opened a console in 2k and cygwin commands ran there

Oops! We're talking past each other. Cygwin utilities will run in a console window under CMD.EXE in NT/2K, or from COMMAND.COM in Win9X.

I was referring to the "Console" app by Marko Bozikovic, posted at Shell City in the Dec. 27th daily update. It's intended to spawn CMD.EXE, but change what COMSPEC points to and it will run that instead. Bash running in a transparent window using alpha blending? Gotta love it.

>BTW Dennis when I had 2K installed most of my old shell extentions
>did not work at the context level and even would crash 2k from to time

Which were you running? The only one I've found thus far that refuses to work under 2K is HACE Shellgem. So far, everything else is working fine.

>...Read somewhere a while ago that MS >was phasing out alot of
>function from the context >menu they cited that no one understood it.
>DUH

One more reason not to upgrade to XP...
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Postby bob » 12/27/01, 4:28 pm

Well, they're right that only sophisticated users understand it. Funny, you'd think it would just intuitively catch on... CONTEXT... MENU... Yeah! But for some reason it seems a bit of a jump for the average user to get the hang of it. I tell my wife to right click... she immediately left clicks... then thinks about it and ... ok... Where'd that thing come from? she asks....
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Postby SOD » 12/27/01, 9:05 pm

The context apps were from Moon software and a couple of others that showed folder size file information and one called Peek that would show you whats inside a file .
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Postby Guest » 12/28/01, 5:16 am

On 2001-12-28 05:05, SOD wrote:
>The context apps were from Moon software and a
>couple of others that showed folder size file
>information and one called Peek that would show
>you whats inside a file .

Which Win2K version did you have installed? I have Win2K Pro SP2 here, and I just installed File Targets and Font Loader from Moon Software. Both appear to be working. I'd try peek, but I can't find it.

Shell extensions installed and working here under Win2K include DMEX 3.16, Date&Time 1.41, File Targets 1.40, Folder Counter, Folder Size 3.2, Folder Sort, Font Loader, MS Open Type Font Properties, Open Expert 1.30, and the Canbinet File Viewer and Send To extensions from the Win95 Power Toys package.

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Postby SOD » 12/28/01, 8:46 am

Hi Dennis:
The two menu extentions which did not work were Copy URL and Dll and OCX install /uninstall as for peek you can find it here <A Href="http://members.ping.at/mlubich/"><U>PEEK</U></A>
My 2k install was pro sp2 compiled on 05.08.01 after looking at XP it almost seemed like a transitional version...BTW would you like a property page extention that shows CRC of a file? <A Href="http://welcome.to/sirocco"><U>Download Here</U></A>
ALSO...Happy New Year! I'll be looking for you at Times SQ <IMG SRC="/phpBB/images/smiles/icon_smile.gif">
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