- Install Cygwin to the default directory, C:\cygwin for consistency.
- When installing, check cygrunsrv to allow for running sshd as a Windows service
- To use rxvt as the preferred console:
- Create a Windows shortcut with the Target set to C:\cygwin\bin\rxvt.exe --loginShell -sr and Start in set to C:\cygwin\bin.
- To enlarge the console window and add a title, add -geometry "80x50" to the Target.
- To add a title, add -title Cygwin to the Target.
- To adjust the colors, try -bg black -fg white
- To start an SSH session, add -e ssh email@example.com to the Target.
- To change the default home directory to My Documents:
- Create an environment variable called HOME with value of C:\DOCUME~1\USERNAME\MYDOCU~1 (where USERNAME is your Windows login username).
- Edit /etc/passwd and change /home/username to /c/DOCUME~1/USERNAME/MYDOCU~1 (like the HOME variable)
- Create an environment variable called SHELL with value of /bin/bash.
- Create an environment variable called CYGWIN with value of binmode ntsec tty.
- Make sure c:\cygwin\bin; is added to the Path environment variable.
- To change the mount prefix from /cygdrive to / type this command once, mount -s --change-cygdrive-prefix / Or keep cygdrive as is and create symbolic links (e.g. ln -s C: /C) for every drive.
- Emacs and vi are the most popular editors but Nano is the easiest to use.
- Create a file called .bash_profile in the HOME directory containing the following lines:
- alias dir='ls -lav --color=auto'
- EDITOR=nano; export EDITOR
- VISUAL=nano; export VISUAL
Wednesday, July 13, 2005
I added some tips for using Cygwin to the Cygwin entry at Wikibooks. I'm going to repeat them here for my own reference and the benefit of other Cygwin users.