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Re: "Bash Here..." menu option "howto" reg-entry requires installing a separate executable program.

This "add bash prompt" requires no 3rd party binary and
uses programs already included in the cygwin base package.

The installable program also has a bug in that it invokes each
shell window as a separate user login, breaking the normal
windowing paradigm of one login (starting an X-server, for
example), followed by multiple client windows (that don't get
started as login windows).

Why install extra programs when it can all be done by adding
2 registry keys (1 for directories, 1 for drives)?


Hugh McMaster wrote:
Hi Linda,

Just a quick note.  In the setup programme, there is an option to have
'Open Bash Prompt Here' context menu added to the right-click menu.


On 11/11/06, Linda Walsh wrote:
After some time debugging I figured out a way to add a prompt option

to the right-click menu on directories and drives that works for
my alternate drives and network directories.  I think it should be
able to be generalized for other shells, but I use "Bash".

The reg-entry for directories is:

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\Bash Here...]

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\Bash Here...\Command]
@="C:\\bin\\ash.exe -c 'PATH=\"/bin:$PATH\"; test -z \"$SHELL\" &&
SHELL=C:\\\\bin\\\\bash.exe; cd \"%L\"; cygstart -d \"$PWD\" \"$SHELL\"'"

---(note, last line starting with "@" is all 1 line)
1) Cygwin Drive Prefix=/    #(mount -c '/')
2) Cygwin's directories are same under Cygwin and NT
   (cygwin not installed in a subdir)

It also uses "ash.exe", "test.exe" and "cygstart.exe", which
I believe are part of the base distribution.

Viewing a CD/DVD in drive E:, root dir, - right-click(menu),
   Pick "Bash Here...", brings up a bash-command window with
   current dir = "/e/<dirname>

UNC pathnames show up as one would expect:

Advantages over other known methods:

1) no external programs required;
2) no "stacked" shell processes left in process table

Maybe the registry entries could go in a Cygwin FAQ entry?

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