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cygwin provides a Unix/Linux-like environment under Microsoft Windows OSes.

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how to view hidden files on an NTFS drive that were copied from a Mac?

I have some files on my external NTFS drive that were copied from a Mac using Paragon NTFS. Back in Windows 7, I'm unable to view said files. I believe they exist because they still occupy space on ...
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Can't install gcc with cygwin on Windows 10

After installing cygwin on Windows 10, I tried to install gcc by cd C:\cygwin C:\cygwin\setup-x86_64.exe -q -P wget -P gcc-g++ -P make -P diffutils -P libmpfr-devel -P libgmp-devel -P libmpc-devel ...
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Use lftp with key/passphrase combination

i have been wrecking my head around this for hours but so far have been unsuccessful: one a mac, i can do the following: connect to my server via ssh enter private-key passphrase passphrase is stored ...
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GNU Parallel is behaving differently on SIGTERM in two cygwin installations

Consider this small bash function: saySomethingToSomebody() { sleep 1 echo "$1 $2." sleep 2 } When I call saySomethingToSomebody Hello Adam, it says Hello Adam. and waits a bit ...
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How to kill a windows process in a cygwin terminal?

I have a problem regarding how to kill a process in Cygwin on Windows. I am completely new to Cygwin. But I have a task that I simply cant kill. I have tried issuing the following commands: kill 4568 ...
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Cygwin find returns "missing argument to `-exec'"

I have backups script that removes backups older than x days. On Linux machine this is working well: find /backups/dummy-prod-db -name "*_D_dummy-prod-db*" -type f -mtime +7 -exec rm -v {} \;...
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Cygwin terminal / shell session in mobaxterm

I have (64-bit) Cygwin install on my Windows machine; and I'm also using mobaxterm 12.4. How do I get my mobaxterm to... Start a Cygwin shell session? Or better yet Use Cygwin as the default when ...
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tmux/screen alternative for powershell

Is there an alternative to tmux/screen that would work on Windows with Powershell? I'm aware of Powerscreen, but it seems dead for a long time. Cygwin wouldn't work with Powershell, would it? Console2 ...
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Running .bat files from PATH in Cygwin

Running .bat files in Cygwin (bash or zsh) works when calling directly. However, if I'm located at a different folder and I call the .bat file by relying on PATH variable, it will say command not ...
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How to properly run GUI VNC clients on Cygwin

I want to use vinagre or remmina VNC clients but they fail to run: $ vinagre C:/cygwin64/bin/vinagre.exe: error while loading shared libraries: cygvte-2.91-0.dll: cannot open shared object file: No ...
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rsync on Windows

I'm new to rsync and need some help with syntax or common understanding. I have 3 servers: Source (SRC) Destination (DST) Server where rsync and ssh are installed. I use rsync from Cygwin Note:...
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how to install gpg on cygwin? currently it's missing

I have cygwin installed on Win 7 but can't see gpg in /usr/bin/.. is this normal? How can i get it? I am trying to verify a linux ISO and need this to check the signature file.
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How can I specify a resolution for fullscreen applications through cygwin/x?

Most easily explained with an example. On my windows machine in cygwin I start the x server with: matthew@cygwin $ startxwin Then I ssh to my linux mint machine with X forwarding matthew@cygwin $ ...
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How do I install gfortran (via cygwin and etexteditor) and enable ifort under Windows XP?

I'm a newbie in the Unix world so all this is a little confusing to me. I'm having trouble compiling some Fortran files under Cygwin on Windows XP. Here's what I've done so far: Installed the e text ...
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How can I find files that have changed between certain times?

I have windows 7 box with cygwin installed. I have multiple folders with files, within a single root folder. I want to find the list of files that have a time stamp within a specific date time range.
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How to set path for MinTTY under windows/cygwin correctly?

I made windows shortcut with the following target: D:\APPS\cygwin64\bin\mintty.exe /bin/env PATH=/local/bin:/usr/local/bin:$PATH /bin/bash --login -i I was expecting it prepend path with my given ...
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msys2 create a sym link into windows folder location

I have just started to use msys2. I wanted to make a sym link to a folder on my d:. I can access it like this: cd /d/mytestfolder/ I tried: When I do ln -s /d/mytestfolder/ testfolder - this seems ...
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How to compile the best version of FFmpeg for Cygwin/Windows

It's generally accepted that, by default, FFmpeg comes packaged with lower-quality encoders - particularly when it comes to the default AAC encoder and the default resampler. According to these ...
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Use putty on windows to connect to Cygwin on Windows10

Just got a shiny new laptop running Windows 10. Installed Putty and installed Cygwin and now I want to setup Putty to open "Local" windows with a cygwin bash like I have with my last three ...
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Running fsck from cygwin shell?

I need to be able to check / fix file system errors on SD cards from a win7 box. I had hoped to use e2fsck from cygwin but am having some issues getting this to work. (SD cards are used to boot ...
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How do I determine a USB memory stick's serial number in Cygwin?

I already know that within windows, you can get a USB memory drive's Volume Serial Number by doing dir <drive_letter>:, where <drive_letter> is the drive letter of the USB drive. I also ...
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Copying folders with cygwin

The folder produced by cp -r myfolder myfolder2 is marked shared as reported by "It is shared with other people. Are you sure that you want to delete it?" dialog in windows when I try to delete the ...
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nvcc can't be found error

im trying to setup a tool that requires nvcc but im unable to to do. This is what i got so far: Installed the CUDA toolkit Verified it by using nvcc -V output: nvcc: NVIDIA (R) Cuda compiler driver ...
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startxwin.exe is failing in cygwin 1.13.2.0 on Windows 7 with keyboard initialization failure

My operating system is Windows 7. I installed cygwin. I wanted to start the XWin Server with the startxwin command and it terminates with the error: Couldn't open compiled keymap file /var/lib/xkb/...
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How can I use SSH with a SOCKS 5 proxy?

I have a SOCKS5 proxy set up through PuTTY with port 7777 configured as a dynamic port. I can use firefox/filezilla/etc by configuring them to use a SOCKS proxy with localhost and port 7777. But I ...
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How to remove the "+" and "-" after a diff comparison

I compare 2 files using Cygwin (MobaXterm) diff. Output files have -- a and ++ b lines at the first line. I want to delete only these lines. How could I do it? Here's my script: #! /bin/bash sort -...
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How to persist bash history?

I don't know if this is expected, but my history is not saved across sessions. This is to say, if I close the window, then when I open it again, the history is empty. How can I persist it across ...
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On Windows 10 how do I display proxy settings from CLI

I need the proxy settings for a command line tool. I know it's set to auto-detect but I still need to know what they are exactly. Note that if I do this in Chrome: chrome://net-internals/#proxy .....
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Find & du to calculate total size vs xargs

Can someone confirm that the following one liner will produce the total human readable size of all the directories which FIND locates as having log in the name? find -type d -name *log* | du -hcs
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Keboard grabbing VNC Viewer for Windows

I've used the cygwin X server XWin and gvncviewer to display a Linux desktop on a Windows machine, but the keyboard grabbing function offered by gvncviewer does not work in this configuration: I'm ...
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Move and rename files based on their parent folders

I'm trying to write a Bash function that will find files in a given directory tree and move them to the current folder while renaming them based on their parent folder, but I'm still stuck on the ...
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cygwin /usr/bin/install cannot change permissions

When I run /usr/bin/install, I get permissions errors: bifrost ~ 857# groups None Local account and member of Administrators group tsysadm Administrators Users NETWORK Authenticated Users This ...
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rsync error: symlink has no referent

I am trying to configure rsnapshot (which uses rsync) to backup a Windows server but I am having trouble with rsync being unable to follow a symlink on the server to be backed up. Setup: Windows ...
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Start metacity on Cygwin (Windows 11) in multiple window mode

How can I start cygwin X (I'm using metacity/gnome) in multiple windows mode, where each xterm or terminal or application starts in its own windows, rather than having a single application window and ...
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Run cygwin command from windows command line

I am trying to make PhpStorm run vagrant rsync when files are changed, because built-in rsync-auto fails with my deep directory structure. I am able to setup watcher in PhpStorm settings, but I don't ...
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How to install package from a .tar.lz file

I'm using bash (Cygwin, specifically). I'm trying to install GNU dd_rescue, which comes in a .tar.lz archive file. When I use: tar -xzf ddrescue-1.22.tar.lz ...it returns with the following error: ...
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scp exec request failed on channel 0

I am trying to SCP files from one computer to another however I get exec request failed on channel 0". When I use SSH however, I can get to the machine with no problems. I am using the SCP ...
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cygwin: how to fix fork failures

I know there is a lot of information out there already about this, but I haven't been able to find a solution. Maybe someone who knows more about how cygwin works can help. I had cygwin working for ...
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How to fix Cygwin installation, when unable to update setup?

I have Cygwin installed on my Windows 10 system. Every now and then I run Cygwin Setup to add packages as needed (mostly scripting interpreters). For some time now I face a problem when trying to ...
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Is there an effective way to obtain CPU values from cygwin?

How would you get the CPU usage of a windows machine from cygwin without causing the CPU to spike when running the command? Some options I have tried: parsing the entire output of top -n1 -b and ...
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How to install ASITIC (Simulation of Spiral Inductors and Transformers) CAD tool?

I want to run ASITIC http://rfic.eecs.berkeley.edu/~niknejad/download.html But it was developed upon an old architechture and g77 compliler as far i know and while i used this app on Ubuntu I had to ...
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Ignoring timestamps, how to remove non-chat duplicates?

Ignoring timestamps, how may one remove non-chat duplicates in the following? The chats have 2 formats beginning by a nickname surrounded by angle brackets and starting with a nickname followed by &...
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Cygwin rsync cannot run outside of Cygwin terminal

I installed rsync 3.2.4 with cygwin in windows11 with the path C:\Cygwin\bin\rsync.exe. When I directly run rsync in windows terminal, I got the error code 12. But this command runs normally when ...
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Is there something that would allow a Windows application source code to be recompiled to Linux? [closed]

Think WINE but recompilation. Think Cygwin but the other way around. If not, what are the challenges getting in the way? Edit: I'm looking for something that works like WINE but can get me better ...
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In Windows cmd, does grep use GetCommandLine(), and findstr use argv?

In Windows cmd, does grep use GetCommandLine(), and findstr use argv? This is the grep i'm using C:\>where grep c:\cygwin\bin\grep.exe C:\>c:\cygwin\bin\grep.exe --version grep (GNU grep) 3.7 ...
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What is the difference between Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL), Cooperative Linux (coLinux), and Cygwin?

Did anybody still remember coLinux? I remember it is used for SpeedLinux and Portable Ubuntu some years ago. It's pretty clear what is coLinux doing, running Linux on top of Windows somehow, but can ...
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Highlight the character the cursor is on in vim

How can I highlight the cursor in vim? I am interested in highlighting only the letter that the cursor is in. Using: set cursorcolumn highlight CursorColumn guibg=lightblue ctermbg=lightgray ...
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How to compile libassuan as shared library

I need to compile gpgme for windows (in CygWin). To compile it, I need shared version of libassuan library. But whathever I do it always compiles as static library. I even edited configure script, ...
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Windows: How to make cygwin bash.exe to take precedence over wsl in command line?

I have installed cygwin on Windows 11. Now, when I open the Windows command line, I want the bash.exe command to run the cygwin's bash command instead of bash linked with wsl (Windows subsystem for ...
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Color in Cygwin terminal

I've installed cygwin because I'm a bit fed up with the Windows terminal not being great. The only problem I'm having is the lack of colours. You can see the problem in the following 2 screenshots ...

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