Rxvt vs. command.com as standard cygwin window

Randall R Schulz rrschulz@cris.com
Thu Jun 28 19:17:00 GMT 2001


Here's the shortcut I use to launch rxvt:

...\bin\rxvt.exe -g 120x99+732+0 -bg #000055 -fg #eeeeee -fn "Lucida 
Console-11" -sr -sl 5000 -vb -e /bin/bash --login -i

Lucida Console makes the 1 / l (one / ell) distinction quite clear.

I use the visual bell (-vb) option with rxvt since sending an ASCII BEL / 
007 / ^G to an rxvt window does not generate any sound (on my system).

This is the shortcut I use to launch a console window:

...\cygwin\bin\bash.exe --login -i

In this case, since the target is a console application, not a GUI one, the 
font, colors and window size are set in the appropriate tabs of the 
shortcut Properties dialog. The built-in system speaker (not my sound card) 
produces a beep when a BEL is output.

I can see no reason to involve CMD or COMMAND or to use RUN in the process 
of getting a Cygwin shell going. I don't know if this is suitable under 
Windows 9x or ME, but for NT and 2K, it works fine.

I keep these shortcuts in my quick-start bar (now that I use Windows 
2K--under NT I assigned keyboard equivalents).

Randall Schulz
Mountain View, CA USA

At 18:31 2001-06-28, Axel Boldt wrote:
>I think that a shortcut to something like
>   run rxvt -e C:\cygwin\cygwin.bat
>   (or putting the call to rxvt into cygwin.bat)
>would be preferable to the current command.com /c cygwin.bat shortcut because:
>    * rxvt has scrollbars
>    * rxvt allows for decent cut and paste
>    * rxvt allows resizing of the window
>Rxvt's current standard font should be changed however since it doesn't 
>distinguish between 1 and l.
>The only disadvantage I can see is that rxvt is not as familiar as 
>command.com to people new to Unix. But those people are in trouble anyway :-)

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