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[ANNOUNCEMENT] Updated: mintty-0.5.3-1

Mintty is a terminal emulator for Cygwin with a native Windows user
interface and minimalist design. Among its features are Unicode
support and a graphical options dialog. Its terminal emulation is
largely compatible with xterm, but it does not require an X server.
Mintty is based on code from PuTTY by Simon Tatham and team.

0.5.3-1 is a maintenance release. The setup.exe package is for Cygwin
1.7 only. (A Cygwin 1.5 version is available from the project page at

- The "clicks place cursor" feature now works correctly for double-
width characters.
- Fixed some weirdness in mouse selection where the newline character
preceding a line would annoyingly be included in the selection.
- Extended the xterm sequence for maximising and restoring the window:
\e[9;2t will make it go fullscreen.
- Added a mintty-specific control sequence for querying or changing
font size, e.g. \e]7770;+1\a will increase font size by 1. The
control sequences section of the manual has further details.
- Added a mintty-specific control sequence for querying or changing
locale and charset on the fly, e.g.: \e]7776;C.ISO-8859-7\a to switch
to the Greek ISO charset. Again, further details in the manual.
- Finally, some silly eyecandy: transparency can now be set to "Glass"
on Vista and above with desktop compositing enabled. It turns the
whole mintty window into a seamless sheet of "Aero glass". To make
this anywhere near usable, the glass colour needs to be set to be as
dark as possible in the Windows control panel: choose 'Personalize'
from the desktop context menu, click on 'Window Color', turn the color
intensity up to the maximum, show the color mixer, and turn the
brightness down to black.

The mintty manual is installed as a manpage ('man mintty'), and it's
also available in PDF format at Questions and
comments can be sent to the mintty discussion group at or the Cygwin mailing
list at Please use the issue tracker at to report bugs or suggest


To update your installation, click on the "Install Cygwin now" link
on the web page.  This downloads setup.exe to
your system.  Then, run setup and answer all of the questions.


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