Cygwin Book?

Mike Marchywka
Mon Oct 15 18:39:00 GMT 2007

>>thinking that we should redesign the GUI and provide a command-line

Doh! Debian apt works ok. But,seriously, maybe for the new-to-gnu people,
a GUI app is a good intro. Obviously, you can't make them hunt down corrupt
.gz files everytime it crashes :)

As far as other points, you could get cygwin success stories. I can 
scripts for mining specialty sources for e-mail addresses or the script that
caused commercial sites to reject a shared IP address for a while :)

>From: Warren Young <>
>Reply-To: The Vulgar and Unprofessional Cygwin-Talk List 
>Subject: Re: Cygwin Book?
>Date: Mon, 15 Oct 2007 12:04:03 -0600
>Christopher Faylor wrote:
>>It seems like more and more people are using Cygwin because they want a
>>package that is part of the distribution.  We get too many ignorant
>>questions for me to think that many of these people are at all familiar
>>with *IX systems.
>Yeah, so Chapter 2 (or Appendix B) can be something on the overall 
>philosophy of *ix and how to use the most common tools.
>My main point is that there's no need for The Unix System Administration 
>Handbook, Cygwin Edition.  If someone wants to learn *ix in general, there 
>are plenty of very good books for that, including the purple book.  Cygwin 
>is close enough to a "real" *ix that the difference generally doesn't 
>matter to a newbie.  This wheel doesn't need to be reinvented.
>>Whenever I think about doing that, I always think about how many
>>problems people have with the concept of setup.exe and then I start
>>thinking that we should redesign the GUI and provide a command-line
>That'd be my vote.  I don't start threads about it because I know the 
>correct reply is SHTDI, and I'm capable of Doing It, so I can't get out of 
>it on an incompetence plea.  :)
>>Then I get discouraged and just fire up Unreal Tournament 2004
>>to forget about things.
>Back in the day, there was a DOOM mod for Linux system administration. 
>Killing processes was quite natural, for instance.
>Maybe we can mod one of the Quake engines to install Cygwin.  As the 
>packages download and install, new rooms are added.  The doors open and 
>each README is represented by a monster that comes out, which can't be 
>killed until you pop into console mode and page through it.  When the 
>install process completes, the boss monster, Bill Gates, is imprisoned at 
>the center of the complex to do slave labor on an exercise wheel that turns 
>the wheels that keep the complex running.
>>I guess my point is that I'd hate to document the warts in Cygwin when
>>the most profitable use of time would be to fix the warts.
>I think it's pretty clear by now which ones aren't going away, at least any 
>time soon.  The point of the book isn't to deflate egos, it's to be guru 
>guidance in getting up to speed on the raisins de eater of the whole 
>As I envision it, the book will be maintained publically in DocBook form, 
>available as a PDF in a cygwin-manual package, and almost incidentally 
>published in paper form by any of the several publishers who would be cool 
>with that.  That lets us improve the book continuously over time, as long 
>as we have a willing maintainer.  FAQ++.
>And yes, I'm aware that the correct reply to all this is also SHTDI, and 
>I'm halfway to volunteering.  The only thing holding me back is that I'm 
>not really a Cygwin power user.  There's a lot about it that I really don't 
>understand, even after using it since B16 or so.  Generally it Just Works 
>for my limited purposes, so I don't have much call to dig deep into it.
>What I do know is technical writing, DocBook, and the Unix Way.

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