Randomly Found Software: Mintty

I already knew that there is such a software, but finally now I found it again: Mintty – an alternative Terminal Emulator for Cygwin.

Per default, Cygwin uses Windows‘ cmd.exe, which is a bit harder to use, especially when it comes to resizing and copypasting. That is, normally I use xterm, but therefore, have to start Cygwin/X, even for small programs that run in the console. Seems like Mintty aims to solve this problem, and seems like it does well so far. You can copypaste and use it like an XTerm, without having to start an X-Server.

Installing is comparably hard, as I couldnt find a binary download, I had to compile it under cygwin and copy it into the cygwin-path and adapt my cygwin.bat – and still, a cmd.exe is opening in the background – I can close it immediately, but its not nice that it opens anyway. Thats the new content of my cygwin.bat:

@echo off

chdir C:\cygwin\bin

mintty -e bash --login -i

Anyway, this is a piece of software I will certainly use more often when using Cygwin. On the other hand, I am currently using Mac OS X mostly – so this is unlikely.


4 Responses to Randomly Found Software: Mintty

  1. Andy sagt:

    You can install mintty through Cygwin’s setup.exe, where it appears under „Shells“. Alternatively, binaries for both Cygwin 1.5 and 1.7 are available at http://code.google.com/p/mintty/downloads.

    The best way to start mintty is from a shortcut rather than a script. Setup.exe will put a mintty entry in the Cygwin folder of the start menu, whereas the separate downloads contain a script for creating a shortcut.

    If you want to invoke it mintty from a batch script anyway, you can avoid the console staying open by invoking it through cmd.exe’s ’start‘ command.

  2. dasuxullebt sagt:

    Thank you for your comment. I actually didnt look at the setup.exe, because I thought this was some sort of special shell „outside“ cygwin. But as there is a package for cygwin – even better!

  3. reply sagt:

    mintty hab ich noch nicht benutzt, aber wenn du das rxvt von Cygwin installierst, dann ist das auch ein Terminal-Emulator, der kein X braucht, sondern nativ in Windows läuft.

  4. dasuxullebt sagt:

    Danke für deinen Kommentar. Einen gescheiten NickName und eine richtige E-Mail-Adresse anzugeben ist natürlich zu viel verlangt.

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