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Is there a way we can see what we have typed above in a Cygwin console window, since after I type so many things & then when I go up scrolling am not able to go up to where I started, I mean scroll stops after a point, so is there a way we can see until from where we have started typing since login?

I searched on Google & saw we hv to make changes in .Xdefaults file, now where is that file?Also I tried to increase buffer size in Cygwin console window from properties tab, that dint work, checked on this site too,it is suggested here to install mintty or rxvt, so there isn't any way or workaround for this problem for standard Cygwin console other than installing mintty or rxvt?

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migrated from Sep 26 '11 at 21:32

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There are several different terminal programs you could be using with Cygwin.

The default is the Windows command window (the same one used for cmd.exe); for that one, setting the screen buffer size in Properties should do the trick.

The .Xdefaults file, which should be in $HOME, is used for other terminal emulators. For example, for xterm I have XTerm*saveLines: 1000. You could also invoke xterm with the -sl 1000 command-line option (or whatever value you like).

The rxvt terminal emulator is similar, but use Rxvt*saveLines rather than XTerm*saveLines.

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Thanks..okay so i would install another cygwin terminal, since setting screen buffer size in properties doesn't work....thanks for d help! – ratsy Sep 26 '11 at 22:10
btw..why this questn is transferred from stackoverflow to this site – ratsy Sep 26 '11 at 22:12

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