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I can't figure out how to launch a new Cygwin session from within Cygwin, similar to launching a new terminal from within bash with:


It's probably easy but I am missing something. Any ideas?

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cygstart /bin/bash -li

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if you use the "default" cygwin console (aka cmd.exe) then:

cmd /c start /d "C:\cygwin\bin" SHELL.EXE PARAMS

and then replace SHELL.EXE and PARAMS by what you use:

  • zsh: zsh.exe -l
  • bash: bash.exe --login

i would advise you to use a better console like 'mintty' or 'rxvt', which you launch just by typing "mintty" (or pressing f2) or "rxvt".

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I think my version of Cygwin is using bash.exe and I fiddled around with the command you provided and some variations with no luck. Looking into mintty now. Thanks! – nicorellius Jun 24 '10 at 16:09
mintty from within an existing Cygwin terminal will start a new window, yes, but also lock up the existing terminal. Start it as a background process with mintty & to continue using the original terminal and have a new one. – Shane Daniel Feb 28 '12 at 4:35

In order to load also my .bash_profile, I've created an alias in my .bashrc with the following command :

alias mintty='mintty.exe -i /Cygwin-Terminal.ico - &'
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