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I've been using the terminal in Ubuntu and Debian for a while and use shell scripts, commands like find, grep etc.. and the vim editor.

What is the best way to use such commands/software under windows? ( with auto-completion, history in the terminal )? Is using cygwin the best option?

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Answer: Yes. Have you tried it? Any special problems with Cygwin? – slhck May 20 '12 at 15:58
Try Cygwin with Console2, or Gow – HackToHell May 20 '12 at 16:00
@slhck No, I haven't tried it. The reason why I asked before using is because it would take a long time to install and check all available options (such as MinGW as some resources mentioned). Thanks for your answer. – Can't Tell May 20 '12 at 16:31

Windows has:

  • .bat files
  • .vbs files
  • Windows PowerShell

and you can install Cygwin. I'd recommend learning PowerShell as this is a 'native' Windows shell that provides very sophisticated set of commands.

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