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Re: Executing Windows commands from Cygwin with or without cmd: what are the pros and cons?

On 11/4/2013 4:31 PM, Christopher Faylor wrote:
On Mon, Nov 04, 2013 at 04:00:08PM -0500, Larry Hall (Cygwin) wrote:
On 11/4/2013 3:35 PM, Kenneth Wolcott wrote:

    Where can I find information regarding the pros and cons of using or
not using the cmd command to execute Windows commands from Cygwin?

I think there would just be cons to using "cmd.exe" commands from within
Cygwin. ;-)  Obviously, this can end up being pretty subjective.  But some
of cons would be:

   o Doesn't understand PTYs (an issue when running a terminal like mintty)
   o Doesn't understand impersonation tokens used by ssh for pubkey
   o Doesn't understand POSIX paths
   o Possible namespace/functional overlap and/or collisions

Many of these can be worked around in one way or another but that's not
enough to move them out of the "con" category. ;-)

One con is that cmd recognizes "con" as a device rather than a filename...

Now Chris, don't con me!



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