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Re: Question about Running GNU Utilities on Windows XP


Are you viewing the file name(s) from Windows Explorer, or via Cygwin "ls"? If it's the former, do you have file name suffix suppression turned on. (To check, using Windows Explorer activate the "Folder Options" dialog via the "Tools -> Folder Options ..." menu command and switch to the "View" tab. Examine the setting of the "Hide file extensions for known file types" option. That option should be disabled to allow you to see real file names in Explorer.)

Enabling that option can lead to confusion, since often there really is no file whose full, real name is that displayed by Windows Explorer. For example, if that option is enabled, then a file that Cygwin (and the file system itself) knows as "PreciousData.txt" would appear in Explorer as "PreciousData".

I personally dislike all the options in the Windows GUI that create discrepancies between the underlying reality and what is displayed. Some of these options can be turned off with stock controls such as the "Folder Options" dialog, but others require add-on software like Xteq Systems' "X-Setup" or Microsoft's unsanctioned TweakUI control panel.

Good luck.

Randall Schulz
Mountain View, CA USA

At 14:16 2002-10-07, Yu Wang wrote:
Hi Gerrit and Felix,

Even I use full path
C:\cygwin\bin\tail.exe C:\cygwin\bin\
(I copy a file to
C:\cygwin\bin folder)
it still does not work. I also add C:\cygwin\bin as
first in path, still does not work.

Another interesting thing is: Originally, the filename
is I use tail.exe on
this file, system tell me can not find Then, I rename the file to, system still tell me can not
find At last, I rename the file
to ParaTest.gol, system still tell me can not find So odd and so stubborn. Any



--- "Gerrit P. Haase" <> wrote:
> Hallo Yu,
> Am Montag, 7. Oktober 2002 um 17:48 schriebst du:
> > Hi Gerrit,
> > Thank you so much for kind reply. I ran the tail.exe
> > directly from \cygwin\bin directory and got the
> > problem, I thought I was using correct tail.exe, > any
> > thought? And more, have you ever run tail.exe
> > successfully on XP?
> No, I have no XP.  But it should make no difference.
> Try to call the Cygwin tail.exe with the full path
> included:
> C:\cygwin\bin\tail.exe or in a bash shell:
> /bin/tail.exe and
> see if it still doesn't work.
> Gerrit

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