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[Fwd: Re: Automating a Cygwin Script From Windows]
- From: Paul McFerrin <pmcferrin at columbus dot rr dot com>
- To: cygwin at cygwin dot com
- Date: Sat, 29 Aug 2009 14:42:20 -0400
- Subject: [Fwd: Re: Automating a Cygwin Script From Windows]
- Reply-to: pmcferrin at columbus dot rr dot com
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Well there is more than one way to kill this cat. Let me add my cocktail.
I have a need to automatically run scripts, totally written in cygwin
using ksh as my shell. For example I have a number of .bat files
performing necessary startup functions:
ksh -c "C:/cygwin/backup_e
The above "backup_e" is the work horse. It can be anything from a
complicated script or starting up anything to running under cygwin.
In this case I'm not providing any parameters that can be added if you
so desire. Basically backup_e is an ordinary cygwin script:
# Perform a incremental backup of drive e: of all
# files having the archive attribute set.
# get list of files ready to archive
exec 2>/tmp/_backup_tracelog 1>&2
echo -e "Started - `date`"
/c/WINDOWS/system32/cmd /c "dir /s/b/a:a *" >/tmp/_backupe_1
if [ -s /tmp/_backupe_1 ]
Using this scheme does NOT require you to setup/configure cygwin's
"cron". You can use Window's "Scheduled Tasks" feature under "Control
Mike Marchywka-2 wrote:
Date: Fri, 28 Aug 2009 13:04:44 -0700
Subject: Automating a Cygwin Script From Windows
I need to run a cygwin script directly via windows, probably via dos
or some other comparable method. This method needs to be automated and
kicked off in Windows at certain times, so executing Cygwin, then
typing in the script to run in the Cygwin prompt is out of the question.
I was hoping there would be some way to execute Cygwin and concurrently
it a string of commands to execute upon opening, but unfortunately I have
not had success with this. There seems to be lots of command line options
for setting display options but nothing that would allow me to feed in a
Is there any method to do this? Thanks for your time.
If you have an icon on your desktop, type the target it should
be something like cygwin.bat. You should IIRC just be able
to invoke bash with whatever params you need.
I just tried it from dos prompt seems to work.
Can I invoke bash with scripts I want it to run as parameters? For instance,
if I'd like a bat file that would execute bash, and then proceed to
automatically run a cygwin script at at c:\foo, I'd want something like
bash --login -i -execute c:\foo
Bash obviously doesn't contain an "-execute" option, but is there some
method to achieve this?
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