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I want to be able to just type make in an appropriate folder and have it work and compile just like it does when I do it in my favorite linux distro.

Is there a way to do this?

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Cygwin will provide you everything you need to compile in a familiar environment on Windows including gcc, make and many common development libraries. It will even give a Bash shell you can run everything from. Check out the Quick Start Guide for Unix for some more help.

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I have the cygwin shell; make doesn't seem to work when I try it :( – Justin L. Sep 16 '10 at 23:19
@Justin: What do you mean by “doesn't seem to work”? Do you get any error message? What does your makefile contain, and are all the required files present? – Gilles Sep 17 '10 at 0:22
@gilles it says make is an unrecognized command – Justin L. Sep 17 '10 at 6:39
@Justin: then run the cygwin installer (setup.exe) again and install more packages, including make and whatever other development tools you want. – Gilles Sep 17 '10 at 7:27

You could install MinGW.

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Whilst this may theoretically answer the question, it would be preferable to include the essential parts of the answer here, and provide the link for reference. – soandos Jul 17 '12 at 4:15

AndLinux, native linux (ubuntu) on your Windows installation, much like Wine for Linux handles Windows.

EDIT: its not really a "windows" command line, but a command line in windows, so depending on what you actually want it for, it may or may not be sufficient.

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